Video site from Vice is too graphic for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site takes an "anything goes" approach, presenting disturbing topics in a very matter-of-fact way.


Some videos are extremely gory -- there are images of war, death, animals being harmed, and a graphic circumcision procedure.


There are some shows about pornography that show nudity and discuss sex explicitly.


All kinds of profanity in videos and comments -- nothing's off limits.


Ads on pages and before videos, although you can skip them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are some videos of people drinking and smoking pot and a few documentary episodes about the drug trade.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although some of the site's videos are OK for teens, there are others that are extremely explicit. "The Vice Guide to Sex" has episodes about bestiality and fetish porn and there's a disturbing documentary about teenage circumcision rituals in Uganda.

What's it about?

Vice began as an underground magazine and has evolved into a far-reaching media company. Its latest offering, the online broadcast network VBS.TV, embodies all the buzzwords of the Vice brand: hip, controversial, offensive, and shocking. With Spike Jonze as its creative director, the site features 40 shows of original content about art and music, news, travel, and extreme sports, as well as quirky offerings like "The Cute Show" (think kitties, bunnies, and cupcakes). There's also a lot of adult content.

Is it any good?


Parents will probably not want their teens anywhere near VBS.tv because of content like "The Vice Guide to Sex," which ventures into very disturbing terrority -- like bestiality. It's a shame, because some the investigative pieces are fantastic -- like the environmental exposs "Toxic" and "The Vice Guide to North Korea," a 14-episode documentary that goes inside the notoriously press-shy nation. Too bad there's no VBS Jr.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which shows on the site look interesting. Why do you think the site mixes lighthearted shows about cute animals with ones about dark topics like war, prostitution, and drugs? What audience do you think this site is trying to reach? How is violence in news stories or documentaries different from violence in TV shows or movies?

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Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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