Twinzer

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Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Social site for Xtreme sports fans; iffy stuff.

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

Positive Messages

Both good and bad messages. The good: dedicated athletes who teens can learn from. The bad: users can post content which may include dangerous or reckless tricks and stunts.

Violence

Some videos feature dangerous tricks or stunts; a few show illegal or inadvisable behavior. One surfing video, for example, shows a group of teens sneaking into a park lake and one throwing dynamite into the water to create waves while another surfs.

Sex

Some user photos and content have women in bikinis, but the site doesn't really have a sexual component to it.

Language

Music, video content, and messages can include some profanity.

Consumerism

There's a lot of advertising. Banner ads for sports-related products are on every page and there is also more subtle advertising in the form of contests and posted content by advertisers. Members can sell their sports-related gear in the MarketPlace.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this social networking site for extreme sports fans does have a forum where users can connect offline for sports-related meetings. That might explain why the terms of use state says that the site isn't for anyone under 18 (although you only have to be 13 to register, and you can search for other users as young as 13!). Many of the videos have the typical rough and tough content (crashes, dangerous stunts, etc.) and plenty of swear words (but none that teens haven't heard already). There is appropriate content for younger teens, however, such as amateur videos of skaters and surfers or information about sports events.

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Kid, 9 years old January 6, 2011

What's it about?

MySpace meets the X Games at TWINZER.COM. The social networking site is all about adventure sports such as surfing, biking, skating and snowboarding, and like other social hubs, this one is predominantly comprised of user-submitted content. The site is divided into networks for various sports, which are then divided into sub-networks. For instance, the Skate Network is divided into Street, Vert, and Park. Along with the video, music, and photo departments there are also areas of the site that allow users to connect in the real world. The Battles and Hook-ups sections let users set up meetings with other athletes.

Is it any good?

For anyone interested in adventure sports, Twinzer.com offers a site chock-full of stunts and tricks, and amusing and informative content. The video department is by far the most varied and interesting part of the site. Here you can watch often overlooked female athletes show off their stuff -- or watch a video of skaters being choked by police! The socializing aspect of the site, which hasn't seem to take off yet, appears similar in design to MySpace. But the Events and News widgets make the site a timely resourceful for true extreme sports fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. What personal information is OK to share with others online and what's better left unsaid? Also, why do adventure sports require their own social network site. How does the skater, biker, surfer community differ from other social networks? Can you think of any other hobbies or special interests that could use their own social network online?

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