Tangle

Common Sense Media says

Christian network offers forum for debate, news, and music.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site sends a message that even those with differing Christian views can discuss them respectfully. Other positive messages include, “kindness, forgiveness, and community.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Depending upon your perception of Christian modesty, some of the videos may not meet the most strict criteria. The site guidelines say registered sex offenders may not register for a membership to Tangle, but it doesn't state how or if it checks on that.

Language
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Consumerism

There's a hint of over-commercialism with ads for everything from Subaru cars to new music and many ministry partners peppered throughout the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

As with all social networking sites, users have to watch out for their own personal privacy. First and last name, gender, birthday, and ZIP code are required for registration, which aren't used on the site but which the company may use. Tangle user name is what's used on site posts. Otherwise, what users post on their profiles will determine individual levels of personal privacy.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TANGLE, formerly GodTube, is a hip, Christian social networking site for people 13 and older that includes YouTube-style videos, Christian rock downloads, a prayer wall, various ministries, and social networking features. There's a lot of content here, and it seems like most users stay true to Christian norms when posting videos, messages, and photos.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

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TANGLE does an inspired job creating a Christian online community for youth and young adults. From hip Christian rock downloads and videos, to YouTube-style videos, personal profiles, blogs, ministries, prayer walls and an online Bible, the options overflow. Tangle is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination. Features such as the Top Praying Members list, seem to awkwardly place prayer in the category of an online contest or game. If you're looking for traditional Christian fare, this site may seem to contain too much hype, not enough focus on the religion's namesake.

Online interaction: Lots of opportunities to interact, including posting on numerous blogs of many Christian-related topics, and the site maintains civility in its interactions.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why teens may have a better experience getting involved on a social networking sites that start with a common interest for its users -- such as Tangle does for Christians -- rather than starting on the more free-for-all social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook. But also note that just because it's a Christian social networking site doesn't mean everyone on it has good intent.

  • Discuss some of the videos, songs, or other content that Tangle offers. Some topics are rather heavy for younger teens, such as Big Questions like "Does God exist?" or videos of Christians entangled in legal battles for their faith. If your teen's on Tangle, a parent should be, too.

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old March 20, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 
iffy for 2-4
What other families should know
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old February 14, 2012
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18
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So Random

this is for christians we dont need know about s x
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Too much sex
Written byAnonymous September 18, 2011
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8
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Much better than YouTube when it comes to young kids

Definitely where you should stick your kids if you want to avoid the sex and cussing of YouTube.
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