MeetMe

 

Learning(i)

Creepy social network features racy photos, suggestive talk.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Users can convert virtual cash they earn on the site into donations to real-life charities in the site's "Causes" section.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There's no shortage of shirtless guy pics; women also pose in bikinis and underwear.

Language

The forums and profiles aren't filtered, so the site including profiles contains swear words like "f--k."

Consumerism

Most pages contain ads. Users are also encouraged buy Lunch Money, the site currency, to fund things like giving friends virtual gifts and homepage themes. Lunch Money can also be earned by frequently logging into the site, playing games and participating in other site activities.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Profile photos feature users clutching beer and swilling from a liquor bottle.

Privacy & safety

All members can see your profile unless you alter your profile settings. You can also block someone specific from seeing your profile or sending you private messages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids who enter an age during registration that's under 13 will be blocked from registering. Teens 13 and older have to enter a first and last name, e-mail, date of birth, gender and zip code to register. Profiles on the site are very public, unless users opt to make them private; and the site activities were designed to encourage meeting new people.
 

What kids can learn

Skills

Communication

  • friendship building
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

What Kids Can Learn

MeetMe wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

 

What kids can learn

Skills

Communication

  • friendship building
  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

MeetMe wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

What's it about?

Teens will find plenty of ways to make new acquaintances on Meet Me; users can video chat, IM or e-mail each other. However, since users range in age from 13 to 40-plus, including people in or near your zip code, parents may not be thrilled about their child’s new social status. The site's focus on meeting potential dates, who are also complete strangers--coupled with the fact profile pictures contain men and women in their underwear and users downing alcohol -- makes Meet Me a pretty inappropriate social networking choice for teens.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MEET ME's tagline, and selling point, is that it's a place "where new friends meet" -- however, the social networking site, formerly known as MyYearbook, feels more like an online hook-up source. You have to be over 13 to register, but teens can easily contact, and be contacted by, users in their 20s, 30s and beyond; and there's definitely more emphasis on dating than making friends. You can find other users within a few miles of where you live or secretly admire other users. A blind date game gauges your compatibility with other players and gives you an option to e-mail them at the end. Members can chat, e-mail and video chat each other through the site. All members can also see your profile, and unless you purchase the stealth browsing option, they'll be able to see that you’ve viewed theirs. The site is free to join, but VIP memberships, which offers extra site currency, virtual gifts and other items, are also available and range from $6.99 to $19.99 a month.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what privacy settings you should check for when signing up for a new social networking site. Should you automatically assume only friends can see your profile? Make sure your kids understand the risks of revealing personal information online.

  • How should you react if a new (or old) friend posts an inappropriate comment on your profile?

  • MeetMe offers numerous ways for users who don't know each other to connect. How can you tell if someone who wants to friend you is an OK person to talk to? Should you ever start IMing or e-mailing with total strangers, even if they, for example, say they live in your area or go to your school?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 4 and 12 year old Written bylw2011 April 26, 2011
age 12+
 

Wouldn't recommended for any young child

Hate it. Recently found out my tween signed up for this site. Don't like it at all. Why would a 27 year old friend a 12 year old. I deleted her account.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old January 30, 2011
age 12+
 

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okay, myyearbook isn't that bad. I MADE ONE WHEN I WAS 9. I think it's a lot like facebook basically, the only thing is that it might have a little more bad stuff in it, I only really go on now to donate to causes (which is actually a great part of myyearbook, you can use your virtual money to donate to real-life charities). There are some messed up people on there, but aslong as you don't talk to people you don't know you're good.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bysteffffx13 February 3, 2010

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