What parents need to know
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'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?
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?