Être

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Positivity site is noninteractive, infrequently updated.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about leading a positive, socially responsible, and emotionally and physically healthy lifestyle through information on charitable involvement, being a role model, having a mentor, other topics. External links to topics like start-ups, finance. Also, current events, reading suggestions. Aside from reading experience and some general financial advice, tidbits about inspiring people, not much that ties to kids' schoolwork, but they'll get plenty of encouragement to succeed.

 

Positive Messages

Entire theme centers on adopting a constructive, upbeat approach to learning, giving, managing your time, other aspects of life.

 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Être doesn't sell merchandise or have ads; founder says if that ever changes, it will donate a large percentage of proceeds to charities that benefit girls, young women.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Être is an advice-based site that's committed to offering a safe experience. Kids don't have to submit a name, email address, or in any way register to access the site content; they also can't post comments or other content, specifically because the site wants to ensure no personal information is ever shared. Parents don't have to worry about kids seeing questionable content, because this site focuses on and promotes positivity, inspiration, and constructive approaches to managing one's life. Kids also won't come across any ads or be pressured to buy site-related goods.

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What's it about?

With sections like Be Informed and Be Strong, it's no surprise ÊTRE is about self-empowerment; its content includes information about managing money, having a mentor, and other advice. Founder Illana Raia set the site up to provide girls with encouragement to pursue what they love to do and figure out what they want to be. They'll also find reading suggestions, volunteering information, and other info on Être (which means "to be"), along with inspiring quotes from female attorneys, a pilot, and other professionals.

Is it any good?

This site is a great dose of positivity, but a lack of interactivity and updated content won't keep people coming back every day. Être presents a live-your-best-life approach to health and exercise, creativity, volunteering, and a number of other pursuits -- specifically, the site contains sections to help girls be informed, brave, smart, charitable, happy, strong, connected, wise, innovative, and well-read. The site's content is well-written and extremely positive; girls are, for example, told to be fearless, and they are given examples of brave entrepreneurs, historical figures, and other role models. Some sections link to news articles or other items that offer additional background and information. In general, it encourages girls to be inquisitive, kind, engaged, and happy -- things parents can probably agree are good goals.

Unfortunately, Être doesn't sport a lot of bells and whistles; the images and design aren't unattractive, and an attempt has been made to break up text using different font sizes and colors. But the content is primarily made up of text, instead of videos, quizzes, or other interactive elements that would help engage girls on a deeper level. Site visitors need to be up for a fair amount of reading; if they're OK with that, they should enjoy their time here. It's unclear if Être's content is updated frequently, because most items appear to be fairly static. If that's the case, girls may not get in the habit of repeatedly visiting for information -- but it can still serve as a solid resource when they need a quick dose of inspiration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about volunteering and getting involved in the community. The site mentions some tips, but what are some ways your family can contribute locally?

  • The site mentions paying attention to both sides of the story when reading about news. If a TV news program and a newspaper cover the same event or topic, how does their coverage differ?

  • The site encourages girls to be their authentic selves and participate in the activities they love in life. What makes you happy? How can you work to be responsible while also bringing more joy into your life?

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