A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is the online companion to Discovery Girls magazine and a place where tweens from around the country can connect and discuss the issues they have in common. Site content is mostly age-appropriate, although some stuff about boys, crushes, and dating is a little premature for tweens. And even though there's no outside advertising, there are prominent promotions for other Discovery Girls products, like the book series and the magazine itself. One area on the home page links to sponsor Web sites, some of which go directly to shopping pages, such as the Target brand YES. The site has posting rules, and anything with bad language, hostile messages, or links to other sites doesn't get published.
What's it about?
Although it's the Web site for a magazine, DISCOVERYGIRLS.COM doesn't feature any articles from the print version. It's more an online community for tween girls. Most interactive features can be found in the \"Make Friends\" section, where visitors can read other Discovery Girls' blogs, vote in polls on a variety of topics (\"Is Cheerleading a Sport?\" or \"Who Do You Want to Be President?\"), and join clubs that cater to a variety of interests, such as sports, music, movies, books, and green living.
Is it any good?
DiscoveryGirls.com might be more appealing as a frequent destination if it included more of the magazine content, or even some exclusive online articles. It does, however, provide a safe place for tweens to give each other advice and share their stories. It also promotes discussion about everything from politics and the environment to favorite movies, TV shows, and places to shop, providing a decent balance of serious and fluffy content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the issues facing tween girls. Are they addressed on this Web site? Are the Discovery Girls picked to be in the magazine and on the Web site a good representation of girls your age? Recent letters from readers indicate that the site used to feature more of the magazine content than it does now. Why do you think this was changed? If you could access some of a magazine's articles online, would you still subscribe to the print version?
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