What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this software sends some mixed messages. Will girls who use it think they aren't pretty without makeup? Or will it educate them about billboard and magazine ads and how fabricated the beauty is that they find there? For some it may simply be another form of harmless dress-up, which allows tweens who are still looking for their identity to try out new ones digitally -- without resorting to the real and scary bathroom ear-piercing incidents and punk dye jobs.
What's it about?
With DIGI MAKEOVER from Radica, tween girls can digitally experiment with their own appearance and the appearance of six other models. Girls can try out different hairstyles, makeup, and accessories. The game works by plugging the Digi Makeover touchpad into a television using the audio/video input jacks. Girls make decisions by pushing buttons on the touchpad to select from possible options shown on the TV screen, and they use a stylus to apply makeup to a model's face.
Is it any good?
Girl testers said most of the hairstyles didn't look realistic. The makeup options also produced mixed results: While it was fun to change eye color, it was difficult to apply subtle eye makeup. And trying to undo previous actions often resulted in wiping clean all your previous work.
Parents will have to wrestle with whether Digi Makeover could lower their daughter's self-esteem by sending the message that girls aren't pretty without makeup. Or perhaps Digi Makeover might help teach that makeup can create fake beauty, so they should be skeptical of the glamour shown in magazines. Some parents, however, will probably consider Digi Makeover as simply another way for young girls to play dress-up. But Digi Makeover, while initially interesting, won't keep girls' attention for long given its clunky design.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about beauty. Does this software make you feel like you aren't beautiful without makeup? Or does it reveal that many of the representations of beauty within our culture are fake? And, just for fun, what does mom look like with green hair?