Takkle

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Sporty social networking site sometimes goes foul.

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Positive Messages

A wide range -- some inspiring videos and encouraging comments, some trash talk.

Violence
Sex

Sexual comments ("I want to f--k you real bad baby") and profile photos of girls in very skimpy attire.

Language

Profanity in some profiles and comments ("how f--king stupid are people" and "f--k it bitch")

Consumerism

There are ads -- and ads disguised as content -- everywhere, including a contest sponsored by Wendy's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking in some profiles.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sports social networking site requires users to be 13 or older to register, but it's really not appropriate for younger teens. Many of the profiles have racy photos and some of the comments are rude, sexual, or downright creepy. As on many social networking sites, teens are posting things they shouldn't, like full names, email addresses and IMs, hometowns, and high schools. The site does, however, allow users to make their profiles private and contains a page of safety tips.

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What's it about?

TAKKLE.COM is Sports Illustrated's partner site and social networking hub for high school athletes and sports fans. Athletes are encouraged to create profiles with stats, photos, and videos that show off their skills to college recruiters, and coaches can use the site to organize schedules and practices and scout rival teams.

Is it any good?

What scores? Videos of a kid hitting 19 three-pointers in a row, a 17' 9" pole vault, gravity-defying cheerleading stunts, and users giving one another props for these great athletic feats. Users can also nominate their favorite Takkle.com athletes to star in "Faces in the Crowd," a popular Sports Illustrated feature, and join groups dedicated to favorite sports, teams, and events. What tanks? Relentless advertising, risqué user profiles, and rude and off-color comments put a real damper on team spirit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety with social networking sites. What information should you include in your profile? What should you leave out? How do you know if you can trust someone enough to make them a "friend" so they have access to your private information? Families can also talk about commercialism in sports, and how advertising is sometimes disguised as content.

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