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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this social networking website is a promotional tie-in to the teen-focused Nickelodeon television sitcom Victorious, which centers on the fictional Hollywood Arts High School and a cast of colorful students at the performing arts school. Users can create a profile with an avatar and become a fan of their favorite “students” (who are actually the characters of Victorious) and follow/comment on their posts, photos, music, and blogs, but they are not allowed to post their own videos or photos. There also are a handful of simple games.
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Is it any good?
The Slap.com is heavily promoted on its companion television show Victorious, so tween and teen fans of the show will be eager to log on. Once there, however, there’s not a lot to keep their attention. Sure, viewers will enjoy seeing more of Tori and her classmates. Perhaps they’ll feel like they’re personally connected to their favorite show characters and the Hollywood Arts High School. They may even experience a sense of community among other fans. But there’s not much to learn or discover other than some show clips, brief blogs, and a variety of posts. Fans searching for a more meaningful connection to the characters (and the actors who portray them) or substantial insight into the show probably won’t leave feeling very victorious.
Online interaction: Registered users are encouraged to comment on posts, blogs, music, and videos. The comments are typically simple and sweet (“oh, ur so funny!”).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how sites like The Slap help promote television shows such as Victorious. What purpose do they serve? Do you think the actors from television shows actually write their own posts and blogs? Why or why not?
Families can also talk about being cautious about where you click and what you say when you’re online. How can you ensure you remain safe when you’re on the Internet?