The Twilight Saga

 
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Safe forums for vamp series attract passionate readers.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The community is monitored for disrespectful comments and there appears to be an attempt to keep rabid fans at bay. The site's administration also is open to fan mail and messages to authors of Twilight books. There are also groups that allow members to share fan fiction, artwork, and poetry, which may give Twilight fans a good creative outlet.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Members openly swoon about characters with comments like "I would let Edward Cullen bite me any day.

Language

Posting guidelines insist on good manners and respect. Users who can't follow these rules risk a permanent ban. Because of this, users seem to keep their language in check.

Consumerism

This is the official site from the publishers of Twilight. But many users wouldn't know this just by visiting the site as its affiliation isn't clearly noted on the home page. Many of the publisher's Twilight-themed products are promoted here, but there is more to do on the site than just read ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Profiles have privacy settings so you can control who sees your content and allow just friends to see pictures and blogs. Similar to other social networking applications, this site uses a platform that collects data and customizes advertising to users. Members can expect ads to be tailored to reflect  their browsing habits on the site as well as the personal information they supply.

There are no specific parental controls. To join however, visitors need to supply a birth-date and those under 13 are told they are ineligible for membership.. Of course, no proof of actual birth-date is needed, so this is an easy rule to skirt.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is run by Hachette Book Group, the publishers of the Twilight series. Because of this, be aware that there is a slew of promotion for the vampire franchise on the site, from the books to gift sets and companion readers. The site also features a social networking forum, very similar to sites like Facebook. Although there are strict guidelines for mannerly behavior, users who aren't old enough to join other social media, shouldn't become members of this site either.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Get as close to Edward and Bella as you can without visiting Forks, by stopping by the novel's official site. Here you can get the chance to communicate with authors and post your own fan fiction or just debate the finer points of the vampire love story. Created by the publishers of the Twilight saga, this site is the go-to destination for new products and author updates. But what Cullen fans will really enjoy is finding their own coven to chat with, as there are ample groups ripe for interaction, each focused on one of a nearly infinite number of Twilight niches.

Online interaction: This site is basically Facebook for Twilight fans. After creating a profile, members can make friends with other members, post pictures, videos and discussions. There are also groups to join, such as Team Bella or Team Jacob, which allow like-minded fans to discuss specific topics together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about safe social networking habits. What information is OK to share with your online friends and what information is off-limits? What are some warning signs that someone you friended online is getting too personal?

  • Can you think of creative ways the Twilight franchise has been marketed? Is creating a social media site an effective way to market the brand to fans?

  • Families can also use kids' obsession with Twilight and New Moon as a starting point for discussing important relationship issues.

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byameara12 January 18, 2011
 

Whatever

I don't necessarily enjoy the Twilight Saga. My mother seems to like it so I suppose it's alright, but nothing special for me. I've noticed that so many other people love it, so something must be good about it. Stephanie Meyer is not a very good writer, therefore, the entire book is just plain and boring. I could barely tell who was doing what and who was talking, because of the way she wrote the book. I suppose if you like sparkly vampires and overly muscular shape-shifting wolves, then this is perfect for you. It's just... It was dissappointing.
Kid, 11 years old November 4, 2010
 

perfect for kids of tween age age 100

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Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byTwilightgirl137 July 23, 2010
 

Sexual Jokes means nobody should go on!!

WHAT IS SOME PPLS PROBLEMS THESE DAYS! I went to one of my friends profiles and they were like "YES! I WANNA HAVE SEX WITH YOU!" I MEAN COME ON!! Sex these days on the internet are ruining EVERYTHING!!
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