What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sports hub has everything a fan could ask for in all major -- and even some less popular sports. The message boards are what parents need to be worried about: some have sexualized photos of women, trash talking, mild swearing and some really lame, mind-numbing content. Site members are given "Reputation Ratings," scoring them on four values deemed important by site creators, but infrequent use of the site knocks points off their rating -- encouraging kids to potentially spend too much time on the message boards.
What's it about?
CBS' SPORTSLINE.COM is an information and video-packed site that sports fans will love. There's video of live games, news, stats, fantasy sports leagues, and the ability to track your favorite players and teams. That said, there's also community features like profiles and message boards with a lot of inappropriate photos and talk. And members are asked to post info like name, gender, email address, and hometown on their profile.
Is it any good?
If kids can stick to the news, stats, and videos and avoid creating a profile and participating on the boards, this is a home run sports site. There are some good conversations about serious sports interests on the boards, but the high likelihood of finding the bad stuff unfortunately outweighs the potential good. Note: To sign up for the March Madness CBS/Facebook bracket tournament, Sportsline.com links you to Facebook and Facebook requires players to set up a membership (you must be 13 or older to join).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about teens using this site to get good information without being exposed to the bad stuff. What areas are best left alone? Which ones are fine to explore?