Girls' Life

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Mag site smartly tackles teen girls' interests and issues.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a little about topics that often complicate their young lives and discover their problems are not uncommon -- or unsolvable. Through an online book club, author interviews, and book reviews, kids can feed their love of reading or discover a new novel. Various clubs on the site connect girls with others who share their passion for a particular sport or hobby. Step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to make crafts, give manicures, or bake goodies. Girls Life provides general guidance, honest advice, and entertainment while touching on problem-solving techniques.

 
Positive Messages

Girls are encouraged to talk with experts, seek advice, and be strong role models. Good grades, good behavior, and good health are at the forefront of the messages found here.

Violence

Help page offers resources for teens struggling with abuse.

Sex

Advice is geared to teens, and stays relatively neutral -- yet honest -- when addressing health and sexual behavior. Some questions and answers relate to sexually transmitted diseases, menstruation, "making out," and personal hygiene.

Language
Consumerism

As a companion to the printed magazine, this website has various promotions to encourage subscriptions and an image of the latest issue appears on each page. Banner ads tout products on each page of the site (Netflix, Bratz dolls, cell phones, etc.) and Google-sponsored ad links are prevalent.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Help page offers resources for teens struggling with drug or alcohol issues.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Girls' Life website is a companion site to the popular print magazine and contains a wide variety of information, blogs, and advice for teenage girls. Jam-packed full of topics (some serious, some light) that appeal to tweens and teens, it provides a positive place for girls to go for info and advice about the topics that typically are on their minds. From boyfriends to best friends and from periods to parents, girls will find an encouraging, respectful arena for voicing their concerns and getting straightforward, smart advice. A simple login process gives girls access to quizzes, blogs, brief articles, advice columns, contests, and more.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byConcernedMOMofaTween October 1, 2013

Say NO to Girl's Life Magazine

This is not appropriate for a tween girl! Too many HEAVY subjects. I would not recommend this magazine EVER! I am glad I went to the library and looked it ove... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 11, and 13 year old Written byB H. November 26, 2016

Great for tweens/teens, with some iffy content!

I couldn't find the actual magazine on here, so I'm just reviewing it on the website's page. First of all, some of the articles on the website ar... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 24, 2010

Awesome!! :D

I heart this website!! It's super safe and fun!!! It does have some sex related things though.
Kid, 11 years old October 28, 2010

10-15 is a big age range

I've been on this website, and though they claim to be for 10-15 year olds, I don't think that really fits it. A ten year olds biggest social issue is... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like its companion print magazine (Girls' Life), this site contains a variety of information, blogs, and advice for girls aged 10-15. Competent advice comes courtesy of the magazine editors and other users of the site, who are mostly respectful and supportive. Topics range from serious to light, touching on friendship, school, health, and boys, as well as beauty, entertainment, sports, and hobbies. It's an encouraging, respectful place to get straightforward, smart advice from adults and peers and offers useful tools to apply along the way.

Is it any good?

It's not always easy for teen girls to find a neutral place to voice their concerns and ask questions about topics that are tough to tackle. At GIRLSLIFE.COM, a talented team offers simple, smart advice that speaks to teens in a casual, supportive tone that sounds strikingly like it’s coming from a peer. Among the blogs, articles, and answers to posted questions is encouraging, empowering advice that takes girls seriously -- but also treads cautiously. Subjects range from "My Mom Won't Let Me Have a Boyfriend" to "I Hate My Curly Hair" to "My Twin Sister Is Pregnant." A special "Help Page" guides users to professional resources if they (or a friend) are dealing with a dangerous issue such as abuse, eating disorders, self-inflicted injuries, or drinking and drugs. Of course, there's plenty of lighter fare to be found. Beauty, fashion, and entertainment are a big part of the content, and there are ample polls, quizzes, and giveaway. But teens will discover that the best part of GirlsLife.com is finding they aren't alone, odd, or unusual -- there are many girls leading a life just like theirs.

Online interaction: Users are invited to post questions about whatever's troubling them. Advice from the columnists and experts are useful, respectful, and mature. Other users may comment and offer their own advice, which mostly appears to be positive and encouraging. Some users do, however, post self-promotional comments that invite girls to read their own personal blogs or post questions to them directly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it's often easier to seek counsel and advice anonymously. Why is that? Are there certain issues that teens should always bring to a trusted adult? What are those? And who are those trusted adults?

  • Talk about how magazines often portray girls and women. Why do magazines put super skinny models and celebrities on their covers? How does this imagery make you think about your own body?

  • Talk about how the Internet can be a positive source for information and advice about growing up. What should you be cautious about sharing over the Internet? How can teens keep themselves safe online?

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