What parents need to know
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.
Is it any good?
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.