vMTV

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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MTV virtual world with lots to do -- and buy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language

Site administrators reserve the right to monitor, edit, or screen any user postings but don't promise to do it 24 hours a day; words like "crap" can slip through.

Consumerism

Frequent plugs for MTV-related products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that registration is required to enter this virtual world, but there's no real age verification. Users are supposed to be over 14, but if kids enter a younger age during registration, the site gives them the option of going back to enter a new birth date. The site discourages swearing and advises users to never offer personal contact information, but it's possible that bad language could end up on the site, albeit briefly, during user conversations or on message boards. MTV says it removes links immediately if the content is out of line, and users are encouraged to report any misuse.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhhhhh88888 March 17, 2012
Kid, 10 years old November 3, 2011

wow no omg

omg where can you go and pay omg
Teen, 16 years old Written byfreakinout35 February 26, 2011

What's it about?

VMTV.COM, the cable network's online virtual world, lets fans create an avatar and interact with characters and locations from their favorite shows, including The Hills, The Real World, Pimp My Ride, and America's Best Dance Crew. Activities abound: You can teleport to show locations or buy virtual goodies like hot rods and clothes using virtual currency. Users can also create an event and invite friends, who can also invite friends. Frequent users can also apply to be volunteer "crew members," who host parties, offer advice to new members, and help promote things ranging from online band appearances to new sponsors.

Is it any good?

Not everything in vMTV.com hits the virtual mark. One misstep: The site's considerable sales component. In some sections, regular content is coupled with ads for DVDs of The Hills MTV show soundtracks.

But the site's biggest challenge is access. The site requires users to download an .exe file to enter the virtual world. It takes a considerable amount of time to get in -- and vMTV only works on PCs. At least for now, Mac users are stuck in the real world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why sites that don't constantly monitor chats and message board posts pose more of a risk than sites that approve all posts. What kind of things aren't OK to post? What kind of information should you never give out on a Web site, even if somebody asks?

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