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Scallyroo

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Social site lets kids track goals -- and request rewards.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Parents of users under 13 control their kids' friend requests and other communications. Teens can decide whether to display their real name or just a username, and profiles are only visible to friends.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

There's no language filter or specific rules against profanity -- although offensive content, hate speech, harassment, and sexual content are prohibited -- but users seem to keep it clean in the public groups.

Consumerism

There's a search powered by Amazon that allows users to add items to wish lists or buy items directly, with a "shop" link at the top of each page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this social networking site has a handy feature that helps users set goals and manage tasks, but it also has a significant shopping component: Teens use an Amazon-powered search to request "reward" items for completing goals, to create wish lists, or to buy items directly. Users can access anything that's sold through Amazon -- which means some adult content can turn up.

What's it about?

Social media hub SCALLYROO allows users to create profiles, find friends, and join groups -- but it also adds a unique feature to the standard mix. The site's main attraction is a group of applications that work together to help teens set and achieve goals. Here's how it works: Create a goal, add tasks to an online calendar, email your friends for encouragement and feedback, and tell your parents what you're planning. That last part is key, because Scallyroo encourages users to pick \"rewards\" -- powered by an Amazon search -- and ask parents to purchase those goods if the goals are met.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Streamlined and user-friendly, Scallyroo's goal-setting feature could be very helpful for teens who need a little nudge getting organized. However, parents may not appreciate that each goal has to be attached to a reward -- even minor ones, like doing chores -- and that the most popular prizes include pricey items like iPods and gaming systems. The site's other social networking features are fine but nothing remarkable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting and accomplishing goals. What motivates you to complete tasks? What steps can you take to make a big project more manageable? When is it appropriate to reward someone for achieving a goal ... and when is performing well its own reward?

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Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byRiley45 May 19, 2011

Breath of fresh air...

What a breath of fresh air. So many websites are vying for my kids attention but this is the one I endorse because it is safe and is grounded in positive values for my two daughters (ages 10 and 12, respectively). The site allows my to monitor their account as they are under the age of 13 and cant sign up w/o my consent. Great idea. Great site.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old December 30, 2010

Great Website for kids ages 9+

i have been on scallyroo for about a year. i never seen anything bad on the site.
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Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bymyagrrl May 12, 2010

Best site for Teens

LOVE this Site. My favorite place to visit on the web. I get an hour of computer time a day and Scallyroo.com is where I go. The new feature called Scallyroo Gmes is totally cool!
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