Sweety High

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Closed social network for girls is strong on privacy.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to be respectful and safe in the social networking world while nurturing their creativity and self expression. Girls can film themselves singing or dancing, post the video on Sweety High, and give feedback to other "Sweeties." Sweety High's strict moderation and privacy controls ensure that content is for users' eyes only -- and that comments are kind and constructive.  Shopping and celebrity gossip easily overshadow self-esteem building.

Positive Messages

Sweety High encourages girls to express themselves creatively, be respectful of others, and stay safe online. On the other hand, a lot of the content focuses on celebrities and shopping.

Violence
Sex

The web series has some flirting and mild innuendo (a teenage boy talks about giving a girl "mouth-to-mouth ressucitation").

Language

Swear words are censored from comments and other text areas.

Consumerism

There are no ads, but brands appear throughout the site, frequently in the form of contests.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this social network for girls is strong on privacy. Sweety High moderates user-created content and provides plenty of information on surfing safely. Girls' profiles are only visible to their friends, and there are parental controls for younger users' accounts. Parts of Sweety High focus on creativity and self-expression, but the site is also heavy on shopping, fashion, and celebrities.

User Reviews

Parent of a 12 year old Written byHappyMommy516 March 3, 2010
I love this site and my daughter adore it!!! It has help me learn about what my daughter needs and wants in this new age of social media. The safety tips are in... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bykatehenry March 3, 2010
My daughter had the chance to be a "Foundation girl" for the social network, meaning she was part of the process of creating the site from the very be... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byemzies04 April 28, 2011

To fake

I thought it was entirely too girly fake and awful. Its all about fame.
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2011

girly

I think its mostly for girls.

What's it about?

Sweety High's school-themed social site lets girls interact with friends online, earn rewards, and upload photos and videos. An original web series called "Sweety" follows the lives of four high school BFFs; the teen-hosted "Food Star" features cooking tips and celebrity guests. Four times a year, Sweety High hosts "Be a Star," a contest that rewards talented tweens with real-life opportunities to pursue their dreams in fields like fashion design. Joining Sweety High is free, but you must become a member to enter "Be a Star" and get access to other premium features.

Is it any good?

Sweety High has some fun features and a stylish design. The video channels offer entertaining, well-produced fare, and some of the contests encourage creativity, like asking girls to write a song for the chance to duet with a well-known performer. The social networking features go beyond the basics -- girls can give each other hearts and gifts, and in turn, they'll earn karma points that unlock extra rewards. Sweety High does a good job creating a safe, positive atmosphere, and users' comments are encouraging and upbeat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the safety tips on the site and discuss whether it's OK to post videos or other content that might compromise a teen's privacy.

  • Families can talk about whether it's worth paying a fee to access a site's premium content. Can you have fun on this site without the extra features? What kind of content is worth paying extra for?

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