Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
TechDeckLive Website Poster Image
Skateboarding goes virtual; chat coming soon.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 49 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The site cultivates a little bit of a ruffian spirit. In the game Dodging Traffic players get bonus points for spray painting trains.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff

Some of the female skater characters can be customized to wear suggestive outfits, like midriff-baring tight T-shirts. In contrast, male characters wear baggy clothing and are usually covered up in pants and long T-shirts.


It is against the Terms of Use for members of the site to harass or make negative comments to other members. The boards are clean, but the chat hasn't launched yet so it may -- or may not -- contain foul language.


The Web site is an offshoot of the Tech Deck finger skateboards toys from Spin Master. The site features links to both Spin Master and the Tech Deck product site.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site was created as a companion to the Tech Deck line of products by Spin Master and has yet to officially launch. In addition to "skateboarding" online, users will soon have the ability to chat with others (no word if the chat will be controlled with preselected messages or not), post to boards (for now they seem really clean), and send private messages. Although the site is being marketed as a free site, there's a paid subscription program in the works that will offer premium content. The site also has links to both Spin Master and the Tech Deck product site.

User Reviews

Parent of a 14 year old Written bygiammarco turati November 17, 2010
Parent of a 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, and 9 year old Written bylaith October 2, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byMRahman98 April 13, 2013

Tech Deck is just amazing.

An amazing website when it first came out, now it doesn't seem to work sadly. Hopefully it'll be back soon!
Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2011


I don't know how to sign up.

What's it about?

What started out as an actual physical toy -- tiny boards called Tech Decks that are used to perform skateboarding moves with your fingertips -- has now moved from the real-world desktop to the computer desktop with TECHDECKLIVE.COM. Here users can shred, ollie, and rip without ever having to actually break a sweat. The site, which has yet to officially launch, will allow members to create their own customized skater avatar who will be able to perform tricks, play games, and chat with others.

Is it any good?

Thankfully, when Tech Deck made the leap from reality to virtual reality, the fingertip skaters transformed into real people, albeit heavily-stylized cartoon skaters. But the philosophy hasn't changed: show off skating tricks without the risk of falling. The danger is removed, but so is the exercise component and some of the fun. The site does best when it doesn't try to be too cool. From the looks of the sample game Dodging Traffic, a Frogger-inspired challenge that's super fun to play, the site should be a big hit with younger skater boys and girls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about virtual hobbies versus real-world pursuits. Skateboarding seems to be something that would be enjoyed because of its physicality. Do you think a site that allows users to perform online tricks will find an audience? Will these online skateboarding moves require the same amount of skill and practice that real skateboarding does? What are the pros and cons to online and offline play?

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