MySuperSweet16

Common Sense Media says

What's this teaching teens? Sadly, to be spoiled!

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Rampant consumerism and the message that it's okay to be spoiled rotten. One girl says she loves spending her daddy's money; many say they always get what they want. Several refer to themselves as "princesses" or "daddy's little girls." Some are bitter because MTV didn't "pick" their party to be featured on the show.

Violence
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Sex

One girl talks about having her invitations delivered by "topless hotties."

Language

There doesn't seem to be a word filter: Some profiles say things like "s--t" and "bitches."

Consumerism

Site advertising is light, but there are many references on the party pages to luxury cars, jewelry, watches, and over-the-top party venues.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this online community is based on MTV's My Super Sweet 16, the TV show that follows spoiled teenagers as they plan lavish parties for their sweet 16s, quinceañeras, and other milestone birthdays. While there are some down-to-earth teens on the site, most of the content detailing these girls' special parties is shallow and materialistic, and fuels the need for them to be the center of attention. A few profiles feature words like "bitches" and "s--t". And, although the site says that users need to be 14 or older, there are some party pages belonging to girls younger than that.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

MTV's My Super Sweet 16 has spawned. There's a straight-to-DVD-movie, and because not everyone's party can be on TV, there's the online community of http://www.mtv.com/shows/sweet_16/series.jhtml. Teens create their own party pages with details about invitations, outfits, and gifts; post photos and video; and blog about their special day. Other users can cast votes for one of the parties to be featured on the site's homepage, or the TV show itself.

Is it any good?

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MySuperSweet16.com has its share of pampered princesses, and you don't have to dig too deep into the site to find diamond-encrusted iPod invitations, luxury cars as gifts, cakes with price tags equivalent to a mortgage payment, and absurdly grand entrances. Some party pages talk about events taking place a few years into the future (2010?), which makes you wonder whether the proposed parties are real, or a tween fantasy that stands little chance of coming to fruition. And according to the site, a girl turning 16 in 2010 isn't even supposed to be on the site. Nor is the 13 year old who had her birthday at a nightclub.

Because of the site's community nature, you might actually get a glimpse of a more humble and grateful (gasp!) side of the milestone teenage birthday. One girl talks about keeping her party simple because her family isn't loaded; another one can't wait to try out the new tennis racket she received as a gift. Is this enough to cancel out the obnoxious, vapid utterings of most of the teens on the site? Ultimately no. Your kids are better off having no part of this.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether expensive parties are necessary. Even if your parents have lots of money, is this a good way to spend it? Could some teens be exaggerating or stretching the truth about their parties just to get on TV?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byeagle_wings2000 April 9, 2008
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All I Can Say Is, What the?

God only knows what kind of sick pervert looks at this just want ing to prey on these kids, what I want to know is where are their parents, my guess sitting right there cheering them on saying you go dear. You want to know what I think well hear it is :( it's so sad.
Kid, 12 years old February 13, 2012
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hunted hollywood

i think every one will have fun
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Teen, 13 years old Written byirma79 August 19, 2011
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stacybonds I understand how you feel. But rich people do what they wana do it their money. They just have so much that they spoil their kids and waste money. I agree that rich kids are disgustingly spoiled brats but let the parents decide how the want their kids to behave. And they will continue doing what they want to do ITS THEIR MONEY NOT YOURS
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Too much consumerism

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