A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
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.
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?
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