Girl Scouts: A World for Girls
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A few fun, safe activities, plus links to buy merchandise.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about exploring the world near and far through activities, games, videos, and book recommendations tailored to their age. They can view videos about travel, social responsibility, and staying active physically and mentally. A variety of print-and-play games and creative DIY activities encourage kids to step away from the screen and try something new. Kids can discover interesting travel destinations through videos and slideshow, and blogs cover a range of topics from the arts to science and technology. A World for Girls is an interactive, interesting stop that encourages exploration and engages girls of all ages.
Much like the organization, the Girl Scout site emphasizes positivity, learning, and self-empowerment.
The words that can be entered in the make-your-own-art tool involve pre-determined phrases like "Great job" and "I love you."
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Products & Purchases
The site is sponsored by the Girl Scouts and most pages feature a link to the online store that sells uniforms, books, and other items.
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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Girl Scouts.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, global awareness, Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, problem solving, solving puzzles
- Genre: Brand Sites
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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