FashionPlaytes

Common Sense Media says

Girls can make fashion dreams come true -- for a price.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fashions are tame and include skirts, hoodies,  T shirts and baby-doll tops. Real girls can be seen modeling the clothes and there is an emphasis on age-appropriate fashion. The site encourages creativity, but also encourages buying and focuses on appearance.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site is designed as a retail store where girls can design custom clothing. However, watch out for the rising price of items as an outfit's base price doesn't include all of the custom touches that make the process so much fun. Each additional item carries its own cost and the site is set-up in a way to lead young designers through each optional feature.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Birthdates and email addresses are collected when users become members. Parents are sent an email after a user registers for a free membership. The email doesn't require any confirmation action, but simply states the purpose of the site.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

What Kids Can Learn

FashionPlaytes wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

FashionPlaytes wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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 like  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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old May 3, 2014
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Used to be fun

This place used to be fun, designing your own clothes and such... Then they removed that, and replaced it with the most boring cliche of all: a scene designer. You thought Stardoll hit rock bottom with Starmovie? Well, FP just went and hit that bottom, then just kept going, despite nothing being there but cold, hard, betrayal.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old November 11, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Positive

FashionPlaytes definitely has a positive message about expressing yourself. Personally, I would never buy anything I created. Otherwise, this site is great!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Kid, 8 years old August 14, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

The best fashion website ever

I am on Fasion Playtes and it is a fun and friendly website for tweens. Love it

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