What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site -- based on the TV show -- is better for mature teens thanks to the some racy content (loads of talk about hooking up and sexual escapades) and bad behavior (drinking, cliques, cheating on significant others, and focusing on self-image). Although the site offers some milder content (Q&A sessions, biographies, episode guides, and a virtual community), your kids can still watch entire episodes online. It's attached to MTV, so expect lots of advertising and links back to the main MTV site.
What's it about?
Log on to MTV's Laguna Beach Web site and you'll find yourself transported back to high school -- a life filled with crushes, fights, hanging out, love triangles, break-ups, and make-ups. Like most TV Web sites, this one promotes its show with online episodes, photo galleries, episode guides, and email alerts that are sent out to users to notify them of updates to the site (and to promote special offers, of course). Fans will also find extensive bios on the season's characters and show highlights. Additionally, there's streaming video of MTV's Laguna Beach: After Party in which cast members answer callers' questions and talk about what it's like behind the scenes. There's also a section where users can adopt an online persona and live -- cartoon-style like -- with their contemporaries on the show.
Is it any good?
That's a good question. In terms of amount of content, sure. But if you're talking about substance of the content, perhaps not so much. The neatly organized cast bios, quality video footage, and music/show montage are a great way to satiate even the biggest fans -- and those are just a few of the better bonuses teens get here. It's too bad that the site, much like the TV series, focuses more on the drama and that can get old quickly, as can the push to buy every product ever featured on the show.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the roller coaster of being a teen. What issues do teens commonly face in high school? Why do cliques form? How come friends sometimes hurt us? How can you handle breaking up with someone? When is it a good idea to get back together?