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Teens get an all-access pass to the N TV network.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Video clips are emotionally charged, relevant, and handled responsibly. One showed a character posing provocatively for photos that were going to be posted on the Internet. The character talked about how you can feel safe online, but she's heard too many scary stories to know that's not always the case.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Similar sexual content to the N TV network: kissing, lots of flirting, and talk of sex.

Language

Mild profanity in the videos: "suck," "whore," "hell." It's also allowed on message boards.

Consumerism

Commercials run while videos load and clearly defined ads are on the site at all times; some pop-ups do appear.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, taking pills, and talk of cocaine use appeared in the video clips.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is an interactive online community featuring the popular teen network's shows and their sometimes-dodgy content. Teens are exposed to all that goes on in the shows -- drinking, kissing, talk of sexual escapades, jealousy, some drug use (popping pills, cocaine). The site does try to hawk goods, and commercials and ads run rampant.

What's it about?

THE-N.COM is an online community based on the television network the N, which airs popular teen shows such as Degrassi, Beyond the Break, and South of Nowhere. Kids can take personality quizzes; play games; watch clips or previous episodes of shows; buy wallpaper, ring tones, or animations for their cell phones; and chat on message boards -- mostly about N TV-related topics. Each show also has its own section with videos, pictures, episode descriptions, character bios, cast interviews, downloads, and message boards. The "Games & Quizzes" area provides quite a bit of entertainment as well as some skill-building exercises. Membership is free, and once teens log on, they can receive "Nmails" (emails from/to other members) and search for friends on the site based on similar profiles. Each member can build an avatar, complete with clothing, hair, and accessories purchased with "creds" (earned by navigating throughout the site) at the Avatar Mall.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If your teen is a big fan of N TV's shows, he or she will most likely enjoy clicking around this site. Be aware that the streaming video isn't censored, so kids see the shows as just they air -- complete with drinking, drug use, sexual activity, fights, and questionable judgment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the questions in the personality quizzes such as: "How Emo Are You?" or "What's Your Internet Personality?" Are the results truly representative of the person who takes the poll? Families can also discuss the "Hook-Up" -- a game that involves intense simulated conversations where players are scored based on how their responses impact a computer-generated character. How do you think this differs from real-life conversation?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheBloke April 9, 2008
 

2nd Favorite Social/Chat Website

I've been a member of this site since before the Myspace fad and Facebook. It's great to express yourself as long as you don't mind the occasional idiot that completely tears your thread apart. Plus with The Click, you can catch up on missed episodes of Degrassi and other shows. Plus unlike some other websites (like my favorite yet under-moderated Habbo), the-n.com has a great staff that will get rid of innappropriate threads and comments.
Teen, 13 years old Written byCotton0Candy December 23, 2008
 

Nice website!

It has nice quizzes and games there!
Teen, 13 years old Written byxotovialuvsxo April 9, 2008
 

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