Myspace

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Safer sequel to classic network spotlights music.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can create playlists and radio stations to listen to and share with friends on Myspace. They'll discover new music and can read more about their favorite artists. An "Insights" page lets users see a graph of statistics that measure their page views and connections. Teens who use this social site responsibly can definitely expand their musical horizons, but learning is fairly limited.

Positive Messages
Violence

There's a wide range of artists on the site; some have lyrics and visuals that reference guns and violence.

Sex

Some music has sexualized lyrics and visual images. Unlike classic Myspace, users don't tend to post revealing photos or sexualized comments.

Language

Since there's a wide range of genres and artists, language runs from squeaky clean to heavy on the profanity.

Consumerism

Currently, there are no ads, but there are articles that promote artists and their releases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some visual and lyrical references to drinking, smoking, and drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this new version of Myspace is even more focused on music than the "classic" version. Think Pinterest meets Spotify -- social networking elements still exist, but the emphasis is on connecting with artists or content you like, not accumulating friends. Compared to the classic Myspace, user content is clean -- racy photos are few and far between. However, there are many different artists and genres represented on the site, so teens can find music with sexual or violent content if they're looking for it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. October 29, 2015

This website is bad.

Myspace has dirty posts and bad users.
Adult Written byLiz B. September 18, 2016

Almost ruined my life.

My myspace was hacked and I was never notified by the company or anyone for that matter. My identity can now be bought on black market websites for 20 dollars.... Continue reading

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What's it about?

The new version of MYSPACE preserves some of the social networking features of the original, but amps up its focus on music. You can find friends on Myspace, but you're also encouraged to discover new artists and other users who share your musical taste. Create a profile and begin "connecting" with musicians, fans, or an album or song. Connecting is like following someone on Twitter or Google+; you can follow someone, have that person follow you, or both. You can also create mixes and share content with your "collaborators," as the site refers to them. Users can synch their Myspace profiles to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Is it any good?

The new version of Myspace creates a very different experience from the original. The design is sleek, with horizontal scrolling and an aesthetic that's more reminiscent of an ad agency than a social networking site. Musicians and other artists who want to showcase their creations can build a sophisticated portfolio; fans can use "connections" to curate a profile that shows off their taste and leads them to other like-minded users. The navigation can be confusing -- it's not very intuitive -- but the site offers a virtual tour and guides to using new features. (You might have to read them more than once.) The music player is excellent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how social music sites help kids express their musical taste -- and cultivate a certain image. Are there artists you wouldn't admit to liking because they're not cool?

  • Tune in to what your teens are listening to. Let them control the music on a family road trip or in a common area at home.

  • Talk about making your own music. Encourage kids to express themselves by writing lyrics or taking up an instrument. Lots of websites offer how-to tutorials for beginners.

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