MTV House

Website review by
Dana Cotter, Common Sense Media
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U.K.-based teen site slightly edgier than MTV channel.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"Who do you do?" is a profile question. The chat filtering tool is weak; it replaces traditionally spelled swear words with asterisks. No evidence of moderator in chat rooms or discussion boards.

Violence

Real-time multi-player shooter games.

Sex

Many of the games have a sexual theme. Some personal ad-type discussion threads include the topics: "Need female friends" and "Find your love here."

Language

"S--t" and "hell" found on discussion boards; changing the spelling of such words easily bypasses the chat filtering tool.

Consumerism

Banner ads and google ads abound. MTV shows are plugged throughout, though actual shows and videos can not be accessed outside of U.K. and Ireland.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"My party tricks" is a profile section. Empty bottles are scattered throughout chat rooms as decoration.

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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 10, 11, 12, 16, and 17 year old Written byAlyssa_299 August 20, 2010

Does not even exist!!!!!!!!!!!

Does not even exist!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byBella54101 April 6, 2009

Our World

You can go to www.ourworld.com I tried it and it's soo fun.You can make new friends and get cool outfits. You can also chat and u can send one heart to som... Continue reading

What's it about?

Social networking, celebrity gossip, music videos, pop culture, and games combine in this massive site, designed and maintained in the U.K., but with plenty of U.S. tabloid-style content. Geared for teens and older, MTV HOUSE lets registered users create a profile displaying their username, age, and gender. Members are asked to create "sexy little avatars," answer questions about themselves including: "Who do you do?" and told to "Plug the bastard" (mention their band). Setting up a profile allows members to upload pictures and videos, write a blog, and post to discussion boards. While there is loads of content from the MTV network, there are also contests, downloads, and games -- mostly of a sexual or crude nature, like the "20 Best Hollywood Boobs Gallery," "Perry the Perv 2," and something called "Shit Stick."

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.

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