A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Encourages teens and college students to watch the presidential debates, dig into the issues, register to vote, and get politically active. Some comments on the forum clearly don't pass the civil discourse test, but overall this site promotes good social and political interaction.
Violence & Scariness
Debates and forum discussions sometimes raise issues like war, gun control, and terrorism, but no actual violence is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As on MySpace.com, content depends largely on individual users' posts. Some users' forum photos are moderately sexually suggestive.
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While (so far) most comments on the forum appear remarkably respectful, some people post rude comments that include words like "crap" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Ads for mainstream business like Foot Locker and Google. Political candidates' promos. Links to other MySpace sites that include ads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Debates and forums may discuss the drug trade and related issues in a political context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site -- a one-stop shop for the 2008 presidential election -- is part of MySpace.com and therefore best for older teens and up. Not all forum discussions pass the civil discourse test, but such is life both on and off the Internet when politics are involved. You don't need to be a member of MySpace to use most of the features on this site -- like watching the debates, registering to vote, and reading about the issues -- but you do have to join to post comments on the forums.
Is It Any Good?
This comprehensive, easy-to-use site will likely motivate many teens and college students to get involved in this year's presidential election who might otherwise never have tuned into a debate or read about the issues. It's hard to keep political discourse civil in a relatively anonymous Internet setting, but overall MyDebates.com is a good place to get a sense of what other people are thinking and voice your own opinions.
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