MTV Act

Common Sense Media says

Socially conscious blog that focuses on MTV celebs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site focuses heavily on volunteering and ways to be socially responsible.

Violence

User can come across news items about manslaughter and rape.

Sex

A weekly relationship advice column from MTV Act and MTV's It's Your Sex Life campaign takes a pro-responsibility/self-empowerment approach to topics like condom use and teen pregnancy.

Language

Swears are abbreviated in stories ("s--t," "f--k"), but words like "damn" and "hell" are used. Although most comments seem to be clean, you can use words like "damn" and "f--k" in user posts, and some stories link to uncensored posts on Twitter and other sites with bad language.

Consumerism

Expect frequent plugs for musicians, MTV shows, and frequent ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

News items discuss drug-related celebrity crime; blog posts tackle substance abuse and related topics.

Privacy & safety

You can make your user profile private by altering your account settings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that users need to either sign in using Facebook or Twitter or register to post comments. You need to be 14 or older to register; however, if you're rejected because you enter a younger age, you can easily try again with a new birth date and gain access.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • forming arguments
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Blog posts feature celebrity-supported causes. The celeb tie-ins should interest kids, but additional interactive elements would help keep them engaged. While there's some fluff, the site wins points for its upbeat, encouraging tone.

Learning Approach

Kids learn about social issues through blog posts about the topics and by clicking on links to sites run by charitable organizations, which provide additional information.

Support

Each item also links to a not-for-profit or other organization's website for additional background. Separate sections link to sites with green tips, volunteer gigs, and other ways to help.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • forming arguments
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Kids can learn about education, discrimination, and a lot more. They'll find out about anti-bullying efforts, disaster relief, animal welfare, being green, sexual health, and politics. Teens can also practice communicating by posting comments. The celeb tie-ins should interest kids, but additional interactive elements would help keep them engaged; the site offers a lot to read, but you're often directed to another site or sent offline to take action. There's some fluff, but MTV Act's emphasis on getting teens excited about making a difference balances out the trivial stuff.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

MTV ACT, which replaced activism-based site think.mtv.com in 2011, features blog posts on celebrity-supported causes like being eco-friendly, anti-bullying efforts, and political concerns. Readers can donate to support issues they care about and share MTV Act items on Facebook by clicking on the action prompt at the end of each post. Each item also links to a not-for-profit or other organization's website for additional background. You can follow other users to see what they're posting, and the site features some charity-related giveaways.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MTV retooled think.mtv.com into MTV ACT, billed as a place "where fist pumping and lending a helping hand collide," in February 2011. Activism and music celebs are still center stage--but the news is presented in blog format. At the end of each post, readers are prompted to take action by posting a comment (although many recent entries don't have any), sharing the item on Facebook, donating, or visiting a related organization's site. Separate sections link to sites with green tips, volunteer gigs, and other ways to help. Some posts seem to have a touch of commercial influence--but the site wins points for its upbeat, encouraging tone. Even if you don't love the musicians who are mentioned, it's hard to discredit MTV Act's mission; empowering teens to spend their time online tackling world issues is a noble effort.

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Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycaseylovesyouh February 6, 2011
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13
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Great for teens, even the younger ones.

This is a great site for teens, it will give them good messages. help them through life. I think you should be 13, not 14. because these issues that they talk about can start young, like 13. so kids should learn about it at 13 anyway since they are a teen now.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byalissa April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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