What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Monsters is a social network and fan site for Lady Gaga, a controversial musician whose image is more scandalous than her music (generally harmless dance-pop). Her fans, known as "Little Monsters," idolize her. If your kids are wild about the blonde superstar, they may want to become part of this social network, which creates an outlet for fans to go gaga for Gaga. However, the site is aimed at adults and older teens. Parents should know that their teens will be exposed to some sexual and profane content alongside more positive posts and images promoting tolerance.
What kids can learn
Responsibility & Ethics
- embracing differences
- honoring the community
- evaluating media messages
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
What Kids Can Learn
Little Monsters wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, in its own way, the community fosters creativity, open-mindedness, and the arts.
What's it about?
LITTLE MONSTERS is a social networking site for fans of pop superstar Lady Gaga. With a constantly refreshing Tumblr-style stream of content, Little Monsters features news, photos, style, fan art, and chat, all revolving around the singer, aka \"Mother Monster.\" Yes, Lady Gaga fans call themselves \"Little Monsters,\" and once parents get used to the off-kilter vocabulary and site visuals, they'll see a colorful, fashion-forward, and welcoming international community of fans.
Is it any good?
From the site's Monster Code: "This is for us. LittleMonsters.com is a place for all monsters to gather, to create, to share, and to inspire." For young superfans of Lady Gaga, Little Monsters is a paradise and a wealth of information about their favorite singer. For everyone else, it's not all that interesting. Content can be repetitive (thousands upon thousands of photos of the Lady herself), but isn't that half the fun of teenage fandom? Much of the fan art is creative and compelling, and the fashions are nothing short of amazing. Along with the creativity of Lady Gaga, however, comes suggestive imagery, profanity, and content that isn't appropriate for younger kids, even if they are big fans of the music. This site appeals most to the Lady Gaga-obsessed teen and adult.
Families can talk about...
Lady Gaga has been open about her battle with eating disorders and hopes to be a role model to young women suffering with similar issues. Her experience can open up a family discussion about health and taking care of our bodies. Use our article, Girls and Body Image Tips to start a conversation with your daughter.
Parents and kids can talk about stars that play exaggerated characters, like Lady Gaga. They can discuss why it's fun to dress up and perform on stage, and what it means to live the life of a famous musician.
Families can talk about online safety and how to act appropriately as a member of a social network. Kids may trust fellow Lady Gaga fans implicitly, but may want to exercise caution.
The world of Little Monsters is filled with wild style and fashion. Families can talk about self-expression through clothing. Why do people dress the way they do? What does it mean?