What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this site provides fun games for younger girls about fashion and such, it's run by Mattel and there are plenty of areas for product promotion. On every page there's a link to shopping pages and things to buy. Let your kids log on, and you can bet you'll be hit up for a Barbie or Polly Pocket doll.
What's it about?
Log on to EVERYTHINGGIRL.COM and enter a pink-and-purple-splashed world inhabited by dolls of every shape and size.
Pippa, a Tinkerbell-like fairy, plays host. She guides users through various sites, including Barbie and My Scene, where kids will find games allowing them to design fingernails, make over rooms, and create clothing looks. On Polly Pocket, tweens and younger kids can garden with a virtual version of the popular doll or tour her \"glamour mansion.\" Kids can create their own tee-shirt iron-on to print out at Pixel Chix. On TeenTrends, users can design the cover and pages of a magazine.
Is it any good?
It's clear this site is managed by Mattel. That's because there are countless areas where products -- from Barbie dolls and accessories to user-designed Polly Pocket tee-shirts -- can be bought.
That said, if parents are willing to overlook the material goods splashed on every page, the site does offer fun, interactive games sure to delight not-yet-tween girls.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about playing with dolls. What does interacting with dolls teach girls? Why is this typically the domain of girls?