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 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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