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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site helps protect kids' privacy by prescreening videos and photos before they're published to make sure they don't contain personal information or inappropriate content. Therefore, most of the site is pretty tame, but there are a few photos and videos that might raise eyebrows -- mainly ones of kids or preteens describing themselves as "sexy" or posing or dancing in a "sexy" way. Occasionally there are language issues in the videos, with words like "bitch."
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What's it about?
Kids can post videos of themselves singing, playing music, dancing, doing art projects, or just goofing around. Other users can rate their videos and post comments. There's a section of kid-created fan pages on topics ranging from puppies to the Green Bay Packers. The site maintains its own fan pages that promote popular books, established artists, and other people and products. Kids can also play games, enter contests -- and buy lots of stuff.
Is it any good?
Love it or hate it, the KIDZ BOP franchise is here to stay, with no small thanks to its website. In addition to hawking its musical wares, the site gives aspiring entertainers a chance to show their stuff -- with mixed results. Some young singers have talent, but most of the videos are more silly than soulful. The abundance of ads can get annoying, especially when users have to watch the same ad before every kid-created video they view. Since posting videos and photos online can be an iffy prospect, parents will appreciate the site's efforts to keep them in the loop when kids submit content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why posting videos online could be problematic. Would you feel uncomfortable knowing that millions of people are watching you and judging your performance? Would you feel hurt if users rated your video negatively? Parents can also relate this to a conversation about celebrities and the pros and cons of public exposure.
Families can also talk about videos that feature kids who say they are "sexy." Is sexiness appropriate for kids that age?