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TigerBeatMag

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Frivolous but fun tween mag's celeb gossip site.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site (and the actual Tiger Beat and BOP magazines) may encourage star-struck tweens and young teens to try to emulate celebrities and live in a glamorous dream world rather than focusing on their own real lives and developing their own personal strengths and skills.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There are some general comments about the sexual appeal of certain celebrities (example: "He's sooooo HOT!!!"); nothing explicit, though. Music videos may show female pop stars in clothing that could be considered sexy and perhaps inappropriate for that age group to wear.

Language

Headlines are peppered with "OMG!" exclamations (that's abbreviated tween-speak for "Oh my God!"), but that's as bad as it gets.

Consumerism

There are no blatant product ads, but the site does display links to other sites where you can buy things (such as ringtones or High School Musical merchandise, for example). Also included are video clips promoting upcoming TV shows on the Cartoon Network, plus ads for contests that you can enter to win stuff.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this online counterpart to tween magazines Tiger Beat and BOP focuses on celebrities and their often trivial happenings. Kids can post comments about their favorite celebs or the latest gossip on blogs and other areas, but these seem fairly well monitored to filter negative or inappropriate language and to make sure no one gives out any personal information. Also, while the site doesn't display any product ads, there are links to sites that do offer the opportunity to purchase products or enter contests.

What's it about?

The online counterpart to tween celebrity gossip magazines Tiger Beat and BOP, TIGERBEATMAG.COM supplements those publications by providing an online community where star-struck youths can catch up on the very latest news about their idols and voice their opinions (comments are filtered). A blog called The Daily Dish provides up-to-date info on the celebs kids are raving about, and the BOPtv section has video clips featuring celebs, music videos, and previews of upcoming TV shows. Kids can get a sneak peek at the next print issue, and there are tons of polls to participate in.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While obsession with Hollywood and music stars is a natural part of adolescence -- and could be positive if the teen celebrities in question are particularly strong role models -- this site and its related publications may help push that fixation too far. Some tweens and teens may try to emulate a star just because he or she is considered "cool"; they may need some encouragement to examine their own strengths and skills and focus on developing those, rather than living vicariously through their idols.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrity culture and what makes teen stars so popular. Is there a particular movie or pop star that you look up to, and why? Do you try to imitate things your favorite stars do -- the way they dress or talk? Do you envy their life and popularity? Do you think they're a good role model for kids?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old February 16, 2012

HIII I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER

I THINK I LOVEEEEE JUSTIN BIEBER
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old July 16, 2012

Interesting little site...

I used to go on this site and subscribe to the magazines. It seems that everything they talk about is boys and romance. I remember they once posted about Robert Pattinson being their "favorite sexy vampire" or something like that. However, I haven't seen anything like that recently. There's also a thing called Blog Girl. It's kind of a neat concept... every week, they answer questions asked by readers (in the comments). Some questions might be positive, I guess. Speaking of the comments, there's words like "sucks" in them, but nothing too bad. Overall, this site is okay. I guess it could be a good alternative for people who don't read the magazines, but they're still interested in teen celebrity news.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written bySkyler.w13 November 8, 2012
LEARNING

Tiger Beat, Good reviews

I think the book is full of gossip and funny news. I just love to read it. A really positive thing about this book is, it give great advise and has fun little puzzles. It also helps out with all of your reading skills.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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