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Justin.tv

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Innovative video site puts users in charge.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

To cut down on rude behavior, network administrators can ban or ignore users.

Violence

Some violence in horror, crime, and action movie clips.

Sex

Sexually explicit content is prohibited, but some racy photos and links to porn sites slip through.

Language

Some profanity.

Consumerism

A moderate amount of ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos and chats about drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Justin.tv is a mixed bag when it comes to content. Most of videos are fine for teens, but sometimes sexually explicit content -- including links to porn sites -- slips through, despite being prohibited by community guidelines. Teens can protect their channels with an access code so that only users they invite can view the content posted. Users can delete their own videos.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written byCulver April 19, 2011

Not a safe site and the worst admins on the internet.

Justin.tv is not a safe site for kids. Pedophiles run rampant on that site and the admins nor staff do not monitor the social directory. These men perv on these... Continue reading
Adult Written byMona1224 April 19, 2011

Not for young children.

I think the site should not be a 13+ site. Too many perverts and pedophiles running rampant through there. Too many kids don't understand/know the dangers.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycaseylovesyouh February 6, 2011

ehh

its cool. be careful bout porn tho..

What's it about?

Named for its founder, Justin Kan, JUSTIN.TV began as a platform for \"lifecasting\" -- live video streaming shot from the perspective of the participant. Today, the site features a wider variety of video content, from ferret cams to movie clips to live news feeds. Users can become fans of channels, each of which includes a live chat. The site also has networks, which can encompass multiple channels dedicated to similar topics and forums that are moderated by network administrators.

Is it any good?

Like most sites featuring user-generated content, Justin.tv is hit or miss when it comes to videos -- but its community features are top-notch. YouTube commenting seems primitive compared to the chats and forums integrated into Justin.tv's networks. And users have plenty of tools to keep their networks clean and on-topic, such as banning users or filtering language. Also noteworthy is the site's Headlines section, which features user-penned stories on noteworthy Justin.tv broadcasters, including aspiring artists and musicians.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about potential drawbacks of posting videos online. Would teens feel uncomfortable knowing that thousands of people can see them? How do you know what's OK to post and what's not? Check out our tips on YouTube and video chatting to start a conversation about using video sites safely.

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