TeenSpot

Common Sense Media says

Less pop culture, more sexy stuff in chatrooms and profiles.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

If used constructively, the site offers teens information about health and style.

Violence

Violent war games can be played in the games section. 

Sex

Explicit sexual conversation takes place in chat rooms and on profile pages. In the "singles" chat room boys advertise that they are in search of girls with "huge boobs" and "big asses." They make no qualms about their desire to speak with "hot/sexy" women and ask girls how sexually experienced they are. Men also ask women to chat privately.

Language

The chat rooms are full of sexual epithets and words such as "tits" and "ass." 

Consumerism

This is an entertainment site that informs teens about the most popular games, movies, music, and television shows. Along with their own personal media rating system, the site is chock-full of marketing advertisements encouraging teens to buy the latest fashion trends.  

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Profile pages display teens chatting about drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Privacy & safety

Any user content that is posted can be viewed by the public. When content is removed it still remains available for viewing for a while. Also, the information disclosed in chat rooms is not private or secure.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though TeenSpot is advertised for teens; it's in fact not for kids at all. The website includes a wide variety of entertainment information; from popular games and movies to celebrity gossip and fashion. Users are encouraged to create profile accounts and engage in the "Meet People" section. Similar to "Myspace," this section of the site allows teens to "friend" one another and to post comments on each other's pages. Accounts are created by choosing a nickname, sexual preference, age, and by uploading a photo. Many users choose names such as "hotwildsex" "kissylips" and "sweet-temptation." Users are supposed to be over 13 and younger than 23 to register, however it is not difficult to create an account without showing proof of age. Once a profile is created people are free to search for other singles and engage in chat rooms. The chat rooms and profile pages are occupied by flirting teens propositioning one another. Profiles are also rated by other users for "most popular" person and "hottest" guy and girl. 

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Rather than focusing on informative media coverage, TeenSpot has become an online dating space for teens. If monitored and used appropriately it covers an array of information about pop culture; unfortunately, social networking overrides what could have been. Users are more interested in flirting and sending sexy messages than discussing the best games and top movie choices of the week. The primary focus and interest on the site are which users are "hot or not," along with which users are the "most popular." Topics such as this can lead to emotional and psychological destruction and opens the door for cyberbullying. TeenSpot is a good idea in essence, but fails to provide a safe and positive place where teens can express themselves. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of Internet safety. What are the risks of chatting with someone that you don't know online?

  • Families can also talk about cyberbullying. What is the best way to approach someone who is doing the bullying?

  • How does it feel to be rated on your looks? Discuss the problem with this sort of online activity. Why are some teens drawn to this type of interaction?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byboxxy989 July 29, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

dont go on here

this site is filled with pedophiles and trolls do not let anyone on here
Parent of a 2 and 2 year old Written byXBrookieBabiX October 15, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Stupid

I made a profile on Teenspot when I was 14 and it was really gross. I got messages from ugly, 40 year old creepy men (and women) that were sexually explicit and after too many bad encounters, I closed my account. Not worth it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, 10, 10, and 17 year old Written byCharlie The Cat December 22, 2011
AGE
12
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