Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Safe girl power site needs more punch.

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Positive Messages

Girl empowerment is the site's goal.


Frequent links to Amazon allow users to buy movies and books mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Web portal for girls has a ton of information to help tweens and teens safely pursue their passions without the interactive aspect of many sites today. There are links to Amazon in several sections that mention books and movies. And, although the founders say they try to confirm every link is to a safe, legitimate site, they do link to many external sites which, in return, link to other sites.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bymemydaughterlik... April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

Boring, Lost 1,000 brain cells

Itc's ok if your girls are trying to be all mature I guess. If you want to punish a boy though I'd make him read enery single word and he wouldn'... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

i love it


What's it about?

GIRLSCANDO.COM -- an online guidebook for hobbies, programs, careers, and other interests -- has a motivating message: Encourage girls by informing them. There are seven major sections on topics such as sports and your body that each have subsections (plus has links to purchase music, information on magazines, and programs).

Is it any good?

Some of the content is good, such as the excellent interview with the founder of Teach for America. Some -- like the review of a 10-year-old Sarah McLachlan album, listed as her latest -- is not. Overall, is text-heavy and variety-light. Multimedia is nonexistent. Articles are lengthy and have few photos; long lists of books consume most sections. Its heart is in the right place, but is capable of doing much more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of self-empowerment, motivating yourself to try new things, make smart decisions and take care of yourself. What are some things you can do to boost your self-esteem? What makes a girl "strong"? What's one thing that you want to try?

Website details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: May 5, 2017

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