Social Girl

Common Sense Media says

Dating simulation app is rude, silly, and materialistic.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Generally easy to play, but players must be able to read to play the game, and there's lots to "unlock" to customize or have access to different choices.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Female avatars dress in very revealing clothes that many parents will feel are not appropriate for young girls to emulate, and the avatars also move their bodies in sexually suggestive ways. Many interactions between the boy and girl avatars take place in front of beds. Getting a guy to go on a date with you and looking cool enough for the date is pretty much the entire point of the game.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is all about going shopping and buying clothes and makeup to look good on dates, and earning diamonds to be part of the "in" crowd. In-app purchases run from $1.99 for a "handful of diamonds" to $99.99 for a "duffel bag" full of diamonds.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Social Girl may be a free app, but there's a hefty price to be paid not only in all the in-app purchases, but also in the loss of a healthy view of what positive dating and social interactions look like for kids who play this game. Going on the "hottest dates," being in the "coolest cliques," and shopping for the "trendiest clothes" may seem like harmless fun at first glance. But the $99.99 "duffel bag" full of diamonds that players can buy is but one of many classy touches on this game. It also encourages gossip, parties, and shopping in order to be "cool enough" for your next date and to make sure that "other girls envy your life" and not the other way around. Dialogue on this game includes the crass: "Our generation is so self-centered," to the rude: "You're not cool enough to hang out with Taylor."  If this app were billed as a parody, some might be able to find it funny. But if any kid or teen comes away with the idea that what this app sells is the way to becoming "cool" in real life, there's nothing funny about that message.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SOCIAL GIRL's developers say that the app is "all about getting more friends, showing off your personal style, and being pampered by your boyfriend -- so do it all and unlock new features to become the most popular SOCIAL GIRL around!" But being friends just because you're considered "as cool" as the others isn't so cool; there's a very limited view here of what "personal style" entails; and being pampered by one's boyfriend involves dates that most teens could never actually afford. Most talk between the boy and girl characters happen in front of a bed. Friend relationships are all about who's "cool enough" to be in the clique -- which usually means who has the best clothes and gossips the most. Bottom line: This app is teen social life viewed from the point of its least common denominator. Teens -- and apps -- can do better than this.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 13, 2012
Category:Role Playing Games
Size:18.20 MB
Publisher:Crowdstar Inc
Version:12.05
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent Written by1350751 April 6, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

misleading for the young.

My daughter thought it was a game with 'fake money' and charged almost $400. to my debit card !!!!!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byAdrianawat February 14, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

PARENTS BEWARE- $420 WORTH OF CHARGES FROM THIS APP

My 5 year old daughter and her friend asked to borrow my phone, and then asked if I would agree to download this "free" game app called Social Girl. To my shock and surprise, today I found $420 o charges (4 charges of about $99-$110 each) on my credit card statement for items such as "a duffel bag full of diamonds." coins, and other things they racked up while playing with that app. $420!!!!!!!! THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO USES YOUR PHONE OR IPAD MAKE SURE TO CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written by1bear1 March 2, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

WARNING!

Be warned, our daughter played this thinking it was free and it cost us a hundreds of pounds. How can this be legal? What do you actually get for the money? CHECK THE SETTINGS ON YOUR DEVICE TO AVOID INSTANT PAYMENTS! Crowdstar must be laughing all the way to the bank.......

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