Girl2Girl Wall

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bully-free zone for girls to start social networking.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about responsible social media use, friendship building, honoring the community, perspective-taking, self-awareness.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Simple user interface with limited choices.

Violence

Content is screened before it's posted.

Sex

Content is screened before it's posted.

Language

Content is screened before it's posted.

Consumerism

Ads to take product surveys and win gift cards. Links to other social media. Promos for Miss O and Friends website. Periodic pop-up ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content is screened before it's posted.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Girl2Girl Wall is a starter social networking app for tween and teen girls age 8 to 16. Created by makers of the website Miss O and Friends, all of the user-generated content on the app is screened by real-life moderators before it's posted. Users can ask questions of each other and talk about "boys, makeup, friends, crushes, cliques, bullying, celebs," join interest-based groups, and more. Members are encouraged to submit ideas for publication on the Miss O and Friends website. Kids under 13 need parent approval before they can create an account. Though the app is free, there are some pop-up ads, links to other social media, and opportunities to take product surveys to win gift cards; parents with kids under 13 may want to talk with them about registering and taking the surveys. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To use GIRL2GIRL WALL, if you have a screen name and password from Miss O and Friends, simply log in. If you're not a member of Miss O and Friends, you must register for an account by entering a username, then your real first name, country, state, and date of birth (submit a parent's email if you're under 13 for parent approval). Choose groups to follow, read posts on the news feed, start a "convo," check your notifications (messages), send messages, and more. Tap the Share icon to share a post outside the app (for example, via text message). Note that there are occasional pop-up ads and opportunities to take online quizzes.

Is it any good?

There's a lot of talk on this social media app about boys, fashion, beauty, and celebrities, but it's bully-free and age-appropriate for the girls (who can be as young as 8, with parent approval). It appears that users keep the groups and "convos"/chats active, and there are lots of groups from which to choose -- for writers, celeb fans, animal lovers, diet and nutrition enthusiasts, and more. The most "risque" topics approved by moderators are questions such as "Is it bad to like bad boys?" and "I have a crush on a boy, what should I do?" Girls can find pen pals, see what topics are popular with users and consider turning them into articles for the Miss O and Friends website, and chat with friends. Tweens will likely love Girl2Girl Wall, while teens may find it skews too young for more mature interests and sensibilities. Elements that help kids build digital citizenship skills and mindfulness around using digital media would be great additions to help kids start using social media responsibly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Girl2Girl Wall helps tween and teen girls build positive self-esteem. Read Common Sense Media's How can I make sure media doesn't ruin my daughter's self-esteem?

  • Talk to your kid about what makes a worthwhile conversation on social media. What sort of advice is good to seek on social media? What's better left to ask parents, siblings, or close friends offline?

  • Encourage your kid to report any bullying behavior on this or any other social media site that they frequent. If your kid has had negative social media experiences already, read Common Sense Media's My kids struggles with self-doubt from social media. What can I do?

  • Talk about your rules around taking online surveys. Though they offer gift cards, are there risks? What do the companies get when you take a survey?

App details

For kids who love social networking

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