What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girl Scouts: A World for Girls is a safe site for kids. The site also includes links to LMK, a site by Girl Scouts and Windows that features information about online privacy, cyberbullying, and more -- written by teen girls. If they create an account, girls can also post comments -- but nothing appears on the site before moderators approve it.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- asking questions
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
This interactive, interesting site engages girls with activities for age groups 5-9, 10-12, and 13-17. Each section's customized content offers some fun options, but there isn't a ton to do.
The Girl Scout site emphasizes self-empowerment and encourages exploration. Kids can learn about the world through activities and games tailored to their age. They can view videos about travel, social responsibility, and staying active.
Girls of all ages are encouraged to explore, read, watch, and participate in activities to help them discover the world outside of their screen. The site links to the Girl Scouts on Twitter and Facebook.
What's it about?
With a few activities plus information on a handful of topics -- like world cultures, financial literacy, and a healthy planet -- A World for Girls does a good job of reinforcing the values and themes of the GirlScouts. Bite-sized and very visual, the blog-like posts will give your GirlScout a positive, online space to explore.
Is it any good?
The general vibe of A WORLD FOR GIRLS is great: Videos show girls discussing how swimming has taught them endurance, a travel section showcases trips girls have taken around the world. Girls are generally encouraged to get out, experience life, learn -- and have fun. The site also offers activities for three age groups: girls 5-9, 10-12, and 13-17. Each section's customized content offers girls some fun options: Younger girls can access an online coloring book, and tweens will be thrilled with the just-for-fun personality quizzes.
The site's only real drawback is that there isn't a ton in each section to do. For example, the 5-9 section only has one activity. However, for parents who hope their kids will log in some outdoors time, too (which the Girl Scouts would certainly approve of), that may not be a bad thing.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Girl Scouts are told to be honorable and work hard. Whether or not you're a Girl Scout, how can you work to do both those things in your life?
The site features a number of online tools that let you color and draw. How else can you express your creativity on this site -- and offline?
The site's travel section showcases how some Girl Scouts have taken trips to faraway places. What kind of things can you learn from traveling to new places? Where would you like to go?