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Create fashion passion collages and offer style advice.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Users are encouraged to be creative and express their sense of style by creating designs using clothing and accessories they like.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Users can view lingerie items, including pictures of models showing off the styles, and some users have created "sexy guy" collages, but generally, the images aren't too racy.

Language

Enter f--k into the search field, and nearly a dozen clothing items bearing the word pop up.

Consumerism

Although site was designed with fashion worship in mind, it has a heavy commercial focus. A "shop" category contains links to items in online stores; some style tips are sponsored by companies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer cap and martini charm necklaces, beer pong T-shirts, and other items are featured (but not prominently).

Privacy & safety

Connecting with other users you don't know is simple; you can follow them or send private messages through the site.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that to post comments, users need to either connect to the site through Facebook or Twitter -- or register for a Polyvore account. During registration, the site suggests you follow random users.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • respecting other viewpoints

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This social commerce site gives users their fashion fix. It's easy to use, and there's no shortage of items to ogle, but don't expect a ton of in-depth content.

Learning Approach

The site is easy to use, but the focus is on fashion adoration. Kids can learn a little bit about the fashion industry. Polyvore's biggest advantage is that it gives teens the chance to practice self-expression and communication.

Support

Don't expect a ton of in-depth extras on fashion history or other style-related topics. Users can and do connect through the site, but only to further discuss styles and trends; you can join groups based on make-up, jewelry and other topics.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • presenting to others

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • respecting other viewpoints

Kids can learn about recent style trends through Polyvore's user populated fashion site. Polyvore also gives teens the chance to practice self-expression and communication; you can post comments and answer user what-to-wear questions. However, it doesn't delve too deep into educating users about how the fashion industry works -- offering a primer on fabric types, for example. Polyvore encourages creativity and experimentation with fashion and trends.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

POLYVORE gives users their fashion fix by highlighting clothing and accessories from dozens of brands -- with links to sites that sell the goods. You can assemble collages of your favorite looks; other users can borrow the background templates you create to display virtual outfits or comment on your creations. Users can also join groups based on make-up, jewelry and other topics. The site is easy to use, and there's no shortage of items to ogle. But don't expect a ton of in-depth content -- the focus is on fashion adoration, not information.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

POLYVORE refers to itself as a social commerce site: Users can view recent trends, bounce style questions off each other, create fashion collages, and shop for clothing and accessories. (Framed art and some furniture pieces are featured, too.) Like Pinterest, Polyvore lets users install a button to their bookmarks tab that makes it easy to add items they like -- complete with tags to identify them -- to their stable of images on the site. You're supposed to be 13 or older to sign up; however, because users can add their real name to their profile and easily connect with complete strangers on the site, parents may want to think twice about letting teens create a Polyvore profile.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kind of hurtful comments kids should avoid posting -- and could possibly be exposed to -- on sites that allow user comments. (Read our Rules for the Road guide for suggestions.)

  • What concerns arise with friending complete strangers online -- even if you have something in common, like a love of fashion? How can you protect your child's privacy online?

  • Use the site's emphasis on fashion as a springboard to discuss the importance of inner beauty. How can you balance having fun putting outfits together with avoiding focusing too much on your external appearance?

Website details

Genre:Fashion/Beauty
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhappyginger December 22, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Wonderful Site for Budding Fashion Designers

I love Polyvore! It's very fun to create outfits for my favorite Disney characters or make fashion wishlists. I haven't noticed personally anything inappropriate as I've seen noted in other reviews, but it's probably because of how I use it. Great site for teens who like fashion but can't afford to buy those expensive brands.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old December 15, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great :D

I think Polyvore is a great website to be creative! I love it! I even have an account of my own, some people have kind of have nasty minds have have innap clothing sets, but other than that, it's great!

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old January 30, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Pretty fun

It's a pretty good site if you want to see what your planned outfits look like (they have pretty much everything here). It's kind of like Pinterest or Weheartit for clothes.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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