A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topics include some "adult" ones including birth control, Chlamydia, and abstinence, but all the information is presented in a health-related way.
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Filters remove swearing but words like "douche" and "crap" are allowed. Harsher words are turned into a string of asterisks before the comment goes live.
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Products & Purchases
Product promotions are everywhere on the site. It's hard not to go to a video, a section, or an article without coming across an ad or a product push -- from everything to period products, hair products, and beauty product.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that buried underneath the barrage of product pushes on Procter and Gamble's teen girl hub there is some helpful health information, mostly relating to periods. To post comments, you need to register, which requires an email address and first name. Kids under 13 must submit a parent's email address who'll be notified that their kid has registered, and have the option of deleting the account. The site also encourages -- but doesn't require -- users to submit their home address and a cell number during registration. Although the site warns users that "online friends are really strangers" and not to post personal information, users -- not the site -- are in charge of reporting abuse on boards (which is really easy to do). Words like "crap" are allowed; harsher words like "s--t" are turned into a string of asterisks before comments go live.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to appreciate the good stuff on this site (fun, informative Q&As, etc.) when most everything comes with a heavy product promotion. Articles are sponsored by items like Always pads, a product helper selects the period product that's "right for you," how-to hairstyling videos use Herbal Essence products, and a "Watch This!" section features commercials. Even the site's "kewl stuff" is product-related; the ManQuarium game, which lets you build a boyfriend and watch him swim, is, for some reason, presented by the Venus Breeze razor. After awhile, the site starts to feel like more of a commercial than actual content. And all that advertising makes some things seem out of place, like the Solo De Chikas section -- a pretty overt attempt to market to Hispanic teens with no explanation of why they're sectioned off separately (and given less content). It's too bad, too, because judging from the posts, girls need more answers for their body-related questions and less product recommendations.
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