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Girls Inc. Online

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Educational value

The "fill in the blank" goal-setting tool is restrictive, but still a good way for tween and young teen girls to learn the process of setting goals and what components they need to achieve those goals. The videos offer a wealth of information and inspiration on specific goals that women set and were able to reach, testifying to the power of goals.

Positive messages

Just for girls: Goal setting, support, empowerment, and success stories.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tween and teen girls (especially those who are not already familiar with the message of the Girls Inc. non-profit organization) will likely find the overall message of Girls Inc. Online refreshing and empowering. The videos will provide inspiration for girls who want to dream big dreams and work toward them. That said, many girls who already use other social networking and blogging sites may find the pre-scripted goal-setting tool and the limited user-to-user communication rather stifling, causing their stay on the site not to last long. That's too bad, because there's a lot to learn here.  

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GIRLS INC. ONLINE is a supportive site with video testimonials of women sharing inspiring personal success stories. Tween and teen girls can watch the videos, set their own goals here, and be involved in a community that empowers girls to "envision their futures without limits."  This site is the online companion of the well-established non-profit organization Girls Inc., which runs after-school and summer programs just for girls.

Girls can find solid information, inspiration, a "Girls' Bill of Rights," and more here. The videos about life goals and career choices are excellent for the older tween or teen audience, but some younger girls may find them too detailed and long to keep their attention. The one main shortfall of this overall excellent site is a lack of personal input and social interaction. The pre-scripted-only goal-setting and the minimal opportunity to interact with other girls about what they're doing makes the site extremely safe, but also limits options. Some girls may find this restrictive and a little boring.

Online interaction: No message boards or internal messages. Pre-scripted messages only.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how sites like this help girls counteract the multitude of stereotypes in the media that they encounter daily. Can visiting positive sites like this help create a more balanced view of the diversity of women's and girls' lives in our culture? Check out Common Sense Media's Battling Stereotypes Tips.

  • If your tween or teen asks about this site's lack of message boards and the decision to go with pre-scripted text, take that opportunity to discuss protecting personal online privacy with this Common Sense Media tipsheet.  

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Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAdept January 24, 2011

Saftey Features Detract from Sites Potential...

Maybe I'm too old for girly websites or something. This is probably the lamest thing I've seen in a long long time. Basically, you sign on. You make "goals" for yourself, but you have to choose from the available options. So say i wanted to make "write a book" a goal. It's not an option....so I can't. Also, there's no forum on this website. Yeah, you can make an avatar for yourself, using the available suggestions, of course, and you can select a description for yourself. Again, from the available suggestions. I know this is designed to keep user's safe, but I want to be able to write my own profile. This feature really detracts from the sites potential. It also adds a bunch of numbers onto your name, creating a "user" name for you. poop. Also, there's no way to communicate with other users. what's the point of having a profile if you can't even "friend" a person? you could easily watch the sites "motivational videos" without signing up. In my opinion, this is a big honking waste of time. Don't waste your life on it.
Kid, 11 years old October 9, 2011

PERFECT

Perfect. No other word for it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byviolet-roses October 1, 2011

A site for younger girls.

This site is pretty boring. You can create goals but you're limited to what you can choose. Lets say you want to improve your dancing. Well, you can "be" a dancer but there is no option for "improving" or becoming better. I think its a cute idea, a site for girls to share their goals and their progress but its very unappealing to teens. This site is probably aimed at girls ages 7-10 or younger.
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