TMZ

Website review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Celebrity scandals, racy content rule gossip hub.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Site content relies heavily on celebrities breaking the law or getting into other kinds of trouble. Some posts make demeaning comments about celebrities' appearance. Comments can be a forum for racial slurs and other insults.

Violence

Footage includes things like drunken catfights and altercations outside Hollywood clubs.

Sex

"Hot" pictures and video of celebrities in revealing clothing. Many posts reference celebrity sexual activity.

Language

Bad language is bleeped out in the actual posts, as well as many of the comments, but there are many of those bleeps.

Consumerism

Many banner ads on the site, mostly for things like dating web sites, Weight Watchers, and upcoming TV shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Extensive coverage on celebrities drinking, clubbing, and using drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this popular online source for celebrity gossip and entertainment news has a reputation for being first to break some of the most salacious celebrity antics, and relies on paparazzi video, photos, and legal documents to support its news items. There are many references to drinking, rehab, lawsuits, clubbing, love gone bad, and physical appearance. Comments are frequently a forum for rants that include racial slurs and other demeaning remarks. It also links to just about every celebrity gossip site out there, including some that might not be safe for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydudemancbwbjk April 9, 2008

UHHHH

this is a great site
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written bykamia April 19, 2009

...

It's ok.

What's it about?

The "TMZ" in TMZ.COM refers to "Thirty Mile Zone," a term first coined in the 1960s to describe the area surrounding the former offices of The Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. If the site's steady stream of scandal is anything to go by, the zone is now a steamy swamp of underage drinking, drug use, DUIs, bitter divorces, courtroom dramas, and custody battles. If you want to know who's suing who, who's breaking up, who's hooking up, who's under arrest, and who's headed for the Big House, this site (which is also a TV show) seems to know about it before anyone else, and has the access to the legal documents, photos, and video to prove it.

Is it any good?

There are much better uses of your kids' time than spending it at places like TMZ.com. The only benefit the site could possibly hold for kids is its well-documented evidence of the consequences of drinking and driving, or dabbling in illegal substances.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how tabloids have affected the way we view celebrities, or our interest level in celebrities in general. Can some of the items on the site really be considered news? Why do you think people are so interested in seeing footage of famous people doing the everyday things that "normal" people do?

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