Ask-Elizabeth

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Actress promotes self-empowerment for girls.

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Positive messages

Site promotes positive messages about developing good self-esteem and developing the confidence to be yourself. Also talks about how to be a good sibling and friend.

Violence
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Sex

Advice given about dating sticks to more innocent things, like what to do when you and a friend like the same guy.

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Consumerism

Elizabeth mentions some of her preferred products when she talks about skin care and makeup, but it isn't overt, or made to look an ad disguised as an objective opinion.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is a forum for girls to get answers to questions on a wide variety of issues, including dating, health, fitness, beauty, family, and friendships. It's the online component of actress Elizabeth Berkley's offline self-empowerment workshops, and will soon be developed into an MTV series. (Yes, she's the same Elizabeth Berkley who was in the highly erotic, somewhat cult movie Showgirls.) The site promotes positive messages about things like self-esteem and body image, and while the site's design is very girly, there's a strong sense of "girl power" throughout. Currently there's no advertising on the site or links to other sites, but a store is coming soon.

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What's it about?

ASK-ELIZABETH.COM is the online offshoot of Elizabeth Berkley's empowerment workshops for girls, in which she helps them deal with things like dating and breaking up; friendship difficulties; and handling the pressure to be thin. The site's aesthetic is very girly-girl, with lots of pink, hearts galore, fairy-tale flash animation, and even a Tinkerbell version of Elizabeth Berkley herself.

Is it any good?

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Despite its fluffy appearance, the site actually has some substance. Most of the content can be found in the At the Movies section, in which there's an extensive collection of informative, entertaining, and easily-digestible videos containing lots of good stuff for girls. In some videos, we see Elizabeth interacting directly with a group of girls on particular topics, which gives teens a valuable peer perspective on things; and in others, an expert in things like hair, makeup, and fitness gives practical advice -- almost all of it budget-friendly -- on how to look your best. There's even a thing or two for grown-ups to learn. Sure, Elizabeth Berkley might not seem like the most likely candidate for teen workshops, but this site is a pleasant surprise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it might be important to have an online destination to interact with other girls looking for information on things that everyone's going through. Elizabeth Berkley is an attractive celebrity. Is it easier to relate to someone like her on body image and self-esteem issues, or is it hard for you to believe that she ever had any problems with these things? Is it helpful to know that even someone famous went through the same things you're dealing with as a teen?

Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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Educator Written byMr. Carthic May 14, 2010
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Teen, 14 years old Written byilenee. April 17, 2011
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an amazing book. and a great site

i actually got the book about 2 weeks ago and its absolutely amazing. i'm soooo glad i got it and its worth the money. This book helped me look at myself different in the mirror, and for me to raise my confidence in myself. this book definitly changed the way i carry myself. My friends even noticed how happy i am and how much i changed!
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Teen, 14 years old Written bybieber27 April 16, 2011
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my point of few for you....

well i'm 14 i just got the book today and i can you tell you one thing i am loving it i'm only on page 23 but i really thing this book will change the way i felle and thing :)
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