ShredorDie

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Action sports site has some iffy videos, comments.

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Positive Messages

Stunts can been seen as promoting risk-taking behavior.

Violence

Videos of tricks gone wrong; one gory video shows an athlete squeezing blood out of his elbow.

Sex

Stunt videos are clean; a handful of the interviews have some sexual comments (Example: Bam Margera interview talks about men having sex with men).

Language

Some cursing in videos and comments, although most of them are clean.

Consumerism

Occasional ads and cross-promotion. Some of the profiles link to outside sites that sell stuff (mostly surf, skate, and snowboarding gear).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some showed drinking and smoking; one was shot in a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this "action sports" video site from Tony Hawk and the FunnyorDie.com folks includes a "don't try this at home" disclaimer, but glorifies athletes (and amateurs) who attempt potentially dangerous tricks. The videos also have some gory imagery. Users can sign up to post comments (most are kept clean, but there is some swearing), upload videos, and create a profile (which can include personal information like birthdate, location, a photo, and links).

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What's it about?

From the creators of FunnyorDie.com comes SHREDORDIE.COM, a collaboration with skater Tony Hawk and his production company, THI/900 films. Fans of skating, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, and motocross will find hundreds of videos of tricks, tips, and bails (cringe-worthy crashes and wipeouts). The video player lets users enable slow-mo or frame-by-frame action, a fun feature for "how'd they do THAT?" flips and spins.

Is it any good?

If seeing an athlete squeeze blood clots out of his elbow isn't enough of a gross-out, the unsavory Bam Margera also pops up in an interview with Hawk on "Dissent TV." Users can rate videos as "shred" or "die" and can register to create a profile, upload videos, comment, and post in forums (are mostly clean and stick to subjects being discussed).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about posting stuff online. What is OK to have in a video or profile page? What personal information shouldn't be shared with others? Families can also talk about taking risks. When is risk-taking a good idea, and when should you play it safe? Do the site's videos of people getting hurt make you more aware of the risks of extreme sports, or are they just "entertainment"?

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