A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this shopping-centric social networking site is all about products, shopping, and buying and sharing that experience with online friends. Users set up their own pages and post images of favorite products -- and not all photos and products are tame. All users are encouraged to purchase products online and also recommend that other users purchase those products online. There’s a financial incentive to shopping through Tibesti because users are paid a small percentage each time a product they recommend is purchased through their page.
Is it any good?
For people who are passionate about buying products online, this site offers a place to combine social networking and shopping, but something about the financial incentive aspect taints the reviews. As users collect friends and post products to purchase, they are rewarded for any sales made through their particular page by receiving a small percentage of the commission Tibesti receives. Users with money and time to burn may find this site appealing, but those with neither would do best to not buy into this concept.
Online interaction: Users can create a profile, post status updates, send messages (both private and public) and create groups. Though there are privacy settings that users can utilize, the messages are unfiltered and largely unregulated.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why is it helpful to seek out others’ opinions and reviews -- online or otherwise -- before purchasing products online? Do you believe that if someone receives a financial incentive they will be objective about their recommendation?
How is social media changing the way young people live, work, play and shop?
Why it’s critical to be smart about social networking sites and how much information you share.
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