Sportsline

 
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CBS' winning news, but bench message boards.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The trash talking and sexual content thrown in with sports sends mixed messages to young athletes and sports enthusiasts. Members are given "Reputation Ratings," scoring them on four values deemed important by site creators. On the upside, use of offensive language hurts a user's reputation. But infrequent use of the site also knocks points off their rating, encouraging kids to potentially spend too much time on message boards.

Violence

Coverage of martial arts and boxing is included.

Sex

Most of the content is fine, but there are sexualized photos of women and many of the avatars representing members on the message boards are sexually explicit (fully exposed women's behinds and teeny bikini tops). Also, because of the tens of thousands of comments posted on these boards, content is unpredictable. There are some noted as "removed by administrator," so the boards are somewhat monitored, but obviously not strictly so.

Language

There's sports- and political-related trash talk, with the occasional curse word.

Consumerism

Ads for CBS-related sports coverage and a CBS store; ads for auto companies, sweepstakes, and the college basketball March Madness Facebook/CBS contest tie-in.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few "watch-sports-and-drink-beer-style" comments on message boards.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

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Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byJill Murphy April 9, 2008
 

Great for sports fans!

This is a site parents and kids can share. They can check out clips of games and touch base about their favorite teams. My husband and kids love it. There are the usual commercials, but that's not the main focus of the site. It's especially great for this time of year when NCAA and Baseball overlap.

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