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 site lets girls play fashion designer and create their own clothing styles which they can then purchase. This site only focuses on girls clothing and offers a handful of base designs to start off with, like shirts, leggings, and skirts. Just watch out as the ticket prices for pieces tends to increase the more a user customizes, as each optional embellishment costs extra.
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What's it about?
In the Design Studio, kids choose an outfit and step through adding color and style elements. Designs can be saved or shared on social networking sites or by email. Model avatars that kids create in the Model Salon can wear their designs in the My Collection room. Certain activities earn Fashion Cents, which can buy features or decorations for My Collection. Fashion Bucks can be purchased with real dollars and can buy premium virtual items. Other users can be added as friends, but interaction is limited to just viewing their designs.
Is it any good?
FASHIONPLAYTES shouldn't be seen as a site that is going to teach your daughter how to be the next Coco Chanel. Similar to other sites likeÂ Design-Girls, this site mainly focuses on custom embellishments, rather than actually creating pieces from scratch. That said, the designs offered for customization are very wearable and kid-friendly, meaning the investment in one of these outfits will get you some wearable art. FashionPlaytes does a good job of making the personalization process super easy, with a very appealing site full of fun colors and design elements. Beyond just designing and buying, girls can save their designs in their virtual closet and email them to someone -- say an indulgent aunt -- who can easily purchase the fashions with one click. Fun and user-friendly, this site should offer a fun activity to fashion-forward girls looking to exert a little more control over their wardrobe.
Online interaction: Users can email designs to friends and relatives. This function is designed so that the recipient can easily purchase the item for the sender.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fashion plays a role in expressing your identity. Do you think you make a statement my the clothes you wear? If so, what is that message? Do you think kids are often pressured into wearing styles to fit in with popular trends?
Do you need a website to be a fashion designer? Can you think of any ways you can design clothing or customize already made pieces, without having to use the Internet?
Families can talk about spending money on-line. Is it easy to rack up a big bill on-line because you aren't really aware of the spending unlike in a real world store? How do websites encourage you to spend more money?