PopAwesome

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre entertainment blog needs privacy upgrade.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Posts are sometimes snarky but rarely mean-spirited. The site mixes straightforward entertainment coverage with celebrity gossip. Some of the music videos depict antisocial behavior.

Violence

50 Cent's "OK, You're Right" video depicts a gun-filled showdown between police and some pretty scary clowns. One post features "Cut," a disturbing short film starring Keira Knightley that promotes awareness of domestic violence.

Sex

No nudity; occasional "sexy" photos of celebs like Megan Fox, as well as sexualized lyrics and images in music videos. Discussions of infidelity regarding Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Language

Most users don't curse at all, but a handful of comments contained "f--k," "s--t," and milder phrases like "screw them." Some of the music videos contain explicit language.

Consumerism

Viewers can enter contests to win prizes like iPods or movie soundtracks. There are a few banner ads, mostly for entertainment-related products. Posts frequently mention products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The posts don't promote debauchery, but the Paradiso Girls video "Patron Tequila" --  which is in rotation on the homepage -- celebrates drunkenness and mentions "bud" (marijuana).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this entertainment blog doesn't have a privacy policy or terms of use -- which is a problem, because it allows users to enter contests by submitting their name and email address. Also, it doesn't seem to block users under 13 from submitting this info. Content-wise, the posts and comments are generally tame, but there's a section of music videos from YouTube that contains some offerings with strong language, sexual content, and negative messages. Some of the links to "Awesome Friends" sites aren't great either (like PerezHilton).

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Teen, 14 years old Written byhangingin hangingon September 21, 2009
love it
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoonie03 September 20, 2009

Is it any good?

Run by webmasters Jamie and Melissa, PopAwesome has the vibe of an amateur fan blog, rather than a polished entertainment site. There’s not much here that gossip hounds can’t get somewhere else in a slicker package with more interactivity. On the other hand, some young teens might enjoy the DIY feel and unusual interview questions. (Did you know that Brooke Hogan’s best recipe is baked chicken?) Most of the music coverage focuses on tween faves like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato -- an odd juxtaposition with the more “mature” music videos featured on the home page from artists like 50 Cent.

Online interaction: Users can post comments -- text only -- and most are positive and clean. However, there's no policy on comments and some contain profanity or negativity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety and why it's important to exercise caution when submitting your email address to a Web site. Parents can warn their kids about unwanted spam and sites that share email addresses with third parties. How can you find out what a site does with the addresses it collects?

  • Families can talk about the music videos featured on this site. Do you pay attention to a song's lyrics and message? Why or why not? Check out our advice on racy music to get the discussion started.

Website details

  • Genre: Blogging
  • Pricing structure: Free

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