• Martine Oglethorpe

    I agree these sites are dangerous for their lack of accountability and the anonymity of users. I recently wrote about a similar site Qooh.me which really shocked me. Unlike other social networking sites where the appeal is centred around the connection and interaction, I fail to see any positive experience to be gained from these sites. I think many parents would be shocked if they read some of the stuff their kids are being subjected to on these sites…and the very fact that they keep coming back for more. Unfortunately many kids are going to these sites as parents are unaware they exist or they have been banned from other more well known sites or purely because that is what everyone else is doing at the moment. I think as parents we need to talk to our children about the importance of not engaging on sites where users can be anonymous. Great comprehensive post Leonie.

    • Leonie Smith

      Thanks Martine, unfortunately many parents aren’t really looking at what apps their kids are using, its very very hard to keep up, but it’s something that cannot be ignored. Hoping for the best just won’t cut it anymore.

  • KARINA PELAEZ

    I feel like this site is really wonderful for kids ages like me like 12 years and more.

  • KARINA PELAEZ

    I understand that bullying in these sites are very harmful

  • Sophia Anne Wise

    Bullying is unacceptable. Another place the moderators don’t do jack about it is Us Mobile(A Cell Phone Version of Us Magazine). I told them the names of several people who were cyberbullying others in the comment section. They claimed they saw nothing wrong with one guy’s account who calls himself Mr. Sinister, Patsfan and Patsfan1 and a girl who calls herself AskMeIfICareHowUFeel(if that doesn’t scream asshole cyberbully, I don’t know what does) after supposedly viewing their accounts which had insults posted to others in the open on their comment pages which they hadn’t bothered deleting. Look what they call themselves. Look how it reflects in their online character and treatment of others!

    Yes Us Mobile does have an ‘ignore’ setting BUT, people are getting various accounts and pretending to be more than one person. So why should innocent people who are being attacked by these trolls not be given the option of privacy settings or BETTER ones for that matter?! Where’s the logic behind leaving people open to be attacked? It’s almost like the creators of the site and the moderators WANT to see kids get bullied for their own sick pleasure and entertainment. What a bunch of devil’s advocates!

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  • Marleena

    I can definitely relate about some of the online magazine sites. Thankfully a friend of mine stopped using Us Mobile cause it’s a gossip site. Really can’t expect those sites to attract anything but cyber bullies. There are some nice people among them but I just stay away from all that trash!!! All those sites and magazines do is trash celebrities anyway. The creators are bullies in their own rite so it’s no shocker that their audience is largely composed of bullies and shit stirrers. They’ll reap what they sow in one way or another.