A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this U.K.-based MTV site for teens offers entertainment news from the MTV network, as well as social networking features. Despite its glitzy appearance, the site is plagued by weak chat-filtering, unrestricted discussion threads, and games with provocative and violent images.
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- Kids say
What's it about?
Social networking, celebrity gossip, music videos, pop culture, and games combine in this massive site, designed and maintained in the
Is it any good?
You'd think that MTV House would foster a community about music, but there's not much chatting happening and little community to be found. Discussion threads accessed from profile pages do stay primarily on topic: music and MTV shows -- with a little bit of love connection sprinkled in. There isn't anything here that's too risky for teens who follow good social networking rules, although some of the videos and games (some of which are based on MTV shows) are definitely not for young teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kind of information is safe and interesting to post on a profile. Ask your teen what kind of attention and type of friends they are looking to attract on a social networking site. Discuss the importance of never sharing or posting personal information (address, full name, etc); don't assume your teen knows best practices. For help with this discussion read our Social Network Tips.