A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Some topics are on the shallower side, but there's also some good stuff about politics and the environment.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some members blog or submit poll questions about boys and dating.
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Products & Purchases
The site promotes other Discovery Girls products, such as the magazine and the book series. There are also links to sponsor Web sites, but these are contained in one area.
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.
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.
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