MTV Hive

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
MTV Hive Website Poster Image
Mega music site with videos, news and more.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The site offers song samples and videos from a variety of artists--but squeaky clean artists who sing about self-confidence, like Hilary Duff and India Arie, balance out some of the more adult fare.

Violence

Some songs mention using guns and killing (the quick preview versions of songs by bands like Insane Clown Posse aren't censored and contain references to blood, guts and guns).

Sex

Some of the news content involves sexual terms and talk--such as an article about a contest that involves fans submitting an FCC-friendly term to replace the word "blowjob" in the chorus of a song called "Senator."

Language

Swears have been removed from videos like Ice-T's "Mind Over Matter," but other songs, like Meredith Brooks' "B*tch" aren't censored at all; the site's written content includes some swears (for example, there's an article on a band called F*cked Up).

Consumerism

In addition to banner ads, product plugs for items like gum appear before some videos. Thirty second audio samples of many songs--the site features more of these than it does videos--are also on hand; users can purchase MP3 versions from Rhapsody.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos include references to drugs (although some specific marijuana terms appear to have been removed/covered up); drinking isn't treated as taboo, either (in one interview, the host and interview subject sip beers while discussing the music industry and touring).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that users need to register and sign in to post comments. Registration requires entering an e-mail address, birth date, location (including zip code), password and username. To post things to MTV Hive, you also need to click on an e-mail verification link and join the Hive community. You can also opt to link your account and log in via Facebook.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byAETkatz890 February 10, 2010

Great for kids 10 and up!!

I think its perfectly fine for kids. I mean its not ok to keep a hold of your child forever. If you are a parent, and won't let go a little, you need to le... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byJulie P December 5, 2008

MTV Shows Videos Again!

Great site---still some kinks to work out. Could be addictive for kids and adults alike, especially those like me that were early watchers of the original MTV... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 11, 2011

Love it

i love it music is my favorte thing to do
Kid, 10 years old March 20, 2011
iffy for 12-17

What's it about?

MTVMUSIC.COM offers nearly 20,000 music videos (and some MTV concerts) dating from the early 1980's when the ground-breaking cable station first wedded music and TV. The site offers social networking spaces, including a membership area, profile pages (ala MySpace), and user comments. Eventually, amateur musicians will be able to upload their own music videos.

Is it any good?

Music fans may find themselves spending some serious time on MTV HIVE, which features live performance clips, full-length music videos, music news, artist bios and more.

You can't find videos for every song under the sun on the site, which makes kids' viewing experience a little bit safer--and swear words in some of the songs have been removed. However, that's not to say this is a site for kids--they're more likely to stumble across gangster rap than Raffi, and there's plenty of sexual innuendo in songs like "I Invented Sex."

That said, you don't have to create a profile or log in to view things on the site, so kids can stay anonymous--and there's plenty to keep them interested. You may want to guide kids to some of the safer or censored tunes, but with a little supervision, MTV Hive could help them develop an interest in (or possible addiction to) music.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how music videos are different now from the ones on the site from the 80s and 90s. Do things seem more outrageous/shocking? What's changed in the past 20 years or so since MTV began?

  • When a video has a word or two bleeped out or removed, do you notice it's gone? If you hear a word or term in a song that you think or know is a swear, does it make you want to say it more?

  • You can create a profile on this site and choose who gets to see it. Why would it be safer to change your account settings so that it's not out there for everyone to see? How can you tell on a Web site if the profile you make is hidden or public?

Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free

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