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What parents need to know
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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