A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MTV.com launched this project to help support President Obama's "United We Serve" initiative, which encourages people to get involved in community service. Serve.MTV is basically just a page on MTV.com that sends teens to other sites -- all of which are safe and reputable -- where they can search for volunteer opportunities and learn how to start their own service projects. There are also some PSA videos from celebs like Cameron Diaz and the Black Eyed Peas' wil.i.am.
Is it any good?
Aside from the PSA videos, there's not much original content on SERVE.MTV. However, the project links to several good organizations and directs visitors to All for Good, an excellent Web application that enables users to search for volunteer opportunities based on their location and interests. Teens looking for more robust coverage of politics and activism can check out Think.MTV.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of volunteering. What’s a good age to start volunteering? How would you choose which organization you’d like to help out?
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