CosmoGirl

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Some valuable information -- if you can find it.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A sense of girl power is promoted and users of all races should feel included here, but the site focuses on beauty and buying.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The Guys section is quite tame, just a few things about kissing and breaking up with boys.

Language

It seems like there's a filter to weed out offensive language: "S--t" wasn't allowed.

Consumerism

There are plenty of ads for beauty products, CosmoGirl magazine, and teen-related products; plus contests and links to sponsors and free gifts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sassy site is an extension of the popular magazine of the same name. There are areas on beauty, fashion, life advice, entertainment, games, free stuff, and of course, guys. Although this site's dating and romance section seems a bit tamer than other online tween and teen magazines' sites, Cosmo Girl does stress beauty, fashion, and buying over valuable information that girls need to hear. There are also a slew of ads, contests, free giveaways, and sponsored links. See if you can count the exclamation points they use!!

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What's it about?

On COSMOGIRL.COM, teen users can get advice on beauty, dating, and career information, as well as take quizzes and read the blogs of hot celebrities. After users register (although they don't have to in order to access most of the site), they can set up a profile page to check their horoscope; get beauty advice; and vote on star looks. Girls can also read "life advice" topics such as starting a career in journalism, getting triathlon training support, and creating better sleep habits. To get the buzz on boys, just click on the Guys tab. Interactivity is limited to sending e-cards and posting personal experiences such as "nightmarish family vacations." Users can also comment on articles and other editorial content.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Unfortunately, the valuable stuff on this site -- recipes for healthy snacks or a poll about electing a woman president -- is lost underneath snarky comments about a celeb's new haircut or a contest to win a purse.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about growing pains. What can girls expect as they go through junior high and high school? What changes happen to their bodies, their friendships, and their relationships with their siblings and parents? How can girls keep their self esteem intact as they go through this crazy time?

Website details

Genre:Fashion/Beauty
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 17 years old Written byChubbster December 2, 2010
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Its a great magazine for both teens and tweens!

I think its a great magazine! Its shows girls many new things, interesting too. CosmoGirl also shows that its okay to be beautiful on the inside and the outside. I absolutely LOVE it! <3
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