DiscoveryGirls

Website review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Safe online community for tween girls.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Some topics are on the shallower side, but there's also some good stuff about politics and the environment.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some members blog or submit poll questions about boys and dating.

Language

Posts are edited for bad language, including words where letters have been replaced with asterisks.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 September 28, 2009

GREAT!!!!!!!

I luv discovery girls!!! They have great quizes, games, advice for problems, not to metion an awsome magizine!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i dont recomend kids younger tha... Continue reading
Adult Written byCheeseOl June 25, 2014

My Son loves this too

My son receives this magazine along with Girls' World and American Girl magazines. He does not need to change his name on the website while blogging and ch... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byOceila Boudreaux February 25, 2012

Wow !

Wow . I Think This Site Is Great . Some FOUL Language , But Its Teen Girls .. Whattya Expect ?
Kid, 10 years old May 20, 2012

Amazing Site, Not so Educational

The site is really good and entertaining. It answers all questions any girl may have about growing up but its so darn fun!!! There is trivia but its not an EDU... Continue reading

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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