A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that TeenNick is a site where teens can create their own personal profiles, as well as chat and send messages to their peers. The site’s main objective is for kids to have access to their favorite television shows, but for some, social networking will be top priority. Once a profile is created, users can choose whether or not they want their pages to be public or private. They may also upload photos, videos and links to outside sources.
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What's it about?
TeenNick is a site that offers teens an opportunity to watch their favorite and most popular television shows, ranging from Degrassi to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Full House. Along with fun shows, the site also offers quirky games, quizzes, a blog, message board, and social networking space. Puzzle and scavenger games challenge kids to strategize and memorize, while quizzes question love, music, and pop-culture.
Is it any good?
TeenNick is a fun site where kids can make friends, watch popular television shows, and play games. While it's important to communicate with teens about Internet safety and appropriate online behavior, the website does a good job of maintaining a positive play space for teens. Participants are not allowed to use hate speech, flare, discuss topics related to sex or violence, or share personally identifiable information.
Message boards -- those centered around specific shows are the most popular -- give teens a place to connect and discuss and stretch their communication skills. There's even a "Talk to the Chairman" board where kids can post suggestions on how to make Teen Nick better. If a post is removed, teens can check their profile to find out why it was taken down.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, writing
Arts: choreography, dance, rhythm
Social Studies: cultural understanding
Science: motion, physics
Math: patterns, sequences, shapes
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, learning from consequences, respect for others
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, self-awareness
Tech Skills: social media
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, movement
Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy
- Genre: Video Sites
- Topics: Friendship, High School, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Music and Sing-Along
- Pricing structure: Free
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