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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 video site offers no warning about the content, perhaps because pornography, extreme violence, and all-out nudity are prohibited on the site. But, this doesn't mean that all the videos are suitable for all ages. Many include graphic, adults-only footage, and it's hard to surf around without seeing half-naked gyrating women, horror movie clips, explicit music videos, and violent acts. That said, there are also some really funny, smart, and interesting clips, too. Members can link directly to their MySpace page from their video and some of the members' comments could get a little inappropriate.
What's it about?
MYSPACETV.com is a video library offshoot of the extremely popular MySpace social networking site, but you don't have to be a member of MySpace to view videos -- only to upload and post comments. Videos are categorized like YouTube, with pages dedicated to the most popular ones and divided into specific channels. Most of the videos are homemade and members can link directly to their MySpace page.
Is it any good?
MySpace members' opinions are often littered with profanity, and members' photos can be vulgar or sexually explicit; links to personal MySpace pages are common. Like YouTube, MySpaceTV, is full of weird, wacky, and timely videos. There are the usual "baby passing gas" videos, out-of-tune karaoke singers, concert footage, and homemade serial dramas.
But, there are also videos of naked anime characters, women dressed in G-strings wrestling, and strippers "taking it all off," and there's no warning for explicit content. Although there's more sexual stuff than violent content on the site, gangsta rap videos and violent video game clips (Grand Theft Auto) can easily be accessed with a simple keyword search.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the viral world. What should and shouldn't be uploaded to a video site? Also, why are many of the videos posted in the first place? Is there a commercial interest? Families can also talk about what effect negative sexual stereotypes have on women and men.
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