A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Web portal for girls 7-12 is a safe place to explore. The topics and articles are kid-friendly, and to submit a photo, parents must mail in a signed minor release form they download from the site (although to submit advice questions or content, kids must include their age, telephone, address, and email). The site also features games from kid-appropriate site Novel Games that users can send to friends after entering their friends' and their own email addresses. There is a link on several pages to the Girls Choice boutique where kids can get all kinds of company apparel and gear.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
The site promises frequent focus on a panel of girls who will write, post photos, and otherwise contribute, but so far, the panel (and site's social network) is just three strong. It's too bad, because the brief pages that list each girl's life story are some of the site's most interesting -- and original -- sections. The site's content is mostly from other sources: A link to CafePress.com allows users to purchase Girls Choice apparel; Surveymonkey.com provides quick quizzes on healthy eating, hygiene, and fashion (containing questions about favorite fast food eateries and stores that sound eerily like marketing research.) Even the games come from another site.
However, GirlsChoiceInc.com is fairly new; its calendar and subscription sections aren't yet active, and the site is asking for reader questions and stories, so more new content may be on its way. Hopefully, we'll see a lot more because even though it encourages girls to be themselves, the site seems to still have a little self-exploring of its own to do.
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