Parents' Guide to


By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

MySpace-like site lets you create your own social network.

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age 18+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Good opportunities with Ning

For my part, I'm very grateful that Ning is an intuitive platform. When I considered opportunities, clear customization and understandable functionality were very important for me, because I`m not an advanced user.

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age 18+

Like Ning

I like Ning for its functionality: blog, video sharing, photo sharing, events and forum. In addition, they are actively updating their platform and changing their business vision.

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Is It Any Good?

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Nothing – not even MySpace or Facebook – matches Ning for its simultaneous simplicity and creative potential for social network fans. Rather than creating a page in a community like MySpace, users are in effect creating their very own MySpace knockoff and inviting others to join. A Ning site can be cobbled together using templates in just a few minutes, or users can spend hours tweaking features, colors, and even the underlying code.

Regardless, the fun and sense of pride and ownership that comes from creating and running one's own social community complete with posts, photos, and blogs can be priceless, perhaps even a window into a future career for youngsters. Creators can choose to let anyone join their social network or make it invitation only, an important consideration for minors and their parents.

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