GirlSense

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Creative fashionista outlet may offer too much contact.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 196 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive messages

There's a strong message of consumerism, but many members also share a sense of creativity and community, with plenty of positive and supportive comments and interactions.

Violence
Sex

Boyfriends and boys are some of the most popular topics in several group message boards. Members post comments like "you are gorgeous" and "if you want a boyfriend come here because im a boy" (sic). Posts appear instantly, so it's possible for users to post inappropriate content using creative wording; several users report seeing inappropriate posts, particularly in auction chats. Users can report inappropriate online behavior using the site's "report abuse" link.

Language

A language filter prevents swear words from being entered into posts or emails (you can only type in predictive text-approved words). The site pledges to ban any members who submit inappropriate language. However, posts appear instantly, so it's possible users could sneak in creative spelling versions of bad words. Users can report comments or clothing that contain bad words.

Consumerism

GirlSense is centered on shopping and getting other users to buy your fashion creations, so it's no surprise that this site is pretty consumer-heavy. Users can host auctions to sell their looks and make G-cents, the site currency. Ads from casinos, skin care companies, and other companies dot almost every page of the site. GirlSense members can also purchase ad space themselves to get more visits to their boutique or promote their online poll.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GirlSense is a style-related social networking site where girls can be creative and flex their fashion muscles. Registered users can design clothes and accessories, create a boutique, and sell virtual versions of their creations. That's all in good fun, however, some of the site's interactive elements pose a concern. Girls can correspond publicly and privately with strangers through message boards, chat, posts, and email. Although there is a language filter, posts appear instantly -- and it's very easy to meet and send messages to other users through the site's internal email system.

User Reviews

Parent Written byhollywoodstars December 9, 2012

what people should know

other than the chatting,i think that this is a verry cool website for maby a tween daughter [11 or 12 yrs.] or a teen girl that you might know who likes fashion...
Parent Written byrhonda96 February 5, 2012

GREAT website for kids!

a GREAT!!!! website for kids my child has a account and she lovrs it!!
Teen, 14 years old Written by[email protected] April 8, 2013

My life

Good but watch out for your kids
Teen, 15 years old Written bystarzawesomely July 29, 2012

Safe and privacy

We can creative for design on the clothes or shoe. We learned how make a drawing for clothes. Some people can got job for drawing of clothes. I love be drawing...

What's it about?

In Girlsense, kids decorate clothing, create a boutique business, advertise their creations, and network with other designers online. Kids can create their own stores, participate in auctions, and advertise their clothing designs. They can also send private and public messages, chat live with others, “follow” favorite users, and play a number of trivial mini-games about dress-up. Parents should talk with their kids about the body image promoted on the site, as well as appropriate clothing designs and language use.

Is it any good?

Girls can use the GIRLSENSE Designer Studio tool to create different looks, determine what they'll charge for them, and then showcase the creations in a customized boutique. Style-savvy girls should enjoy using the site's above-average design tool, which lets you customize each piece by adding fancy buttons, changing its length and more. Aside from the site's obvious emphasis on shopping/materialism, the fashion-related GirlSense activities are pretty tame.

The site's interactive elements, however, are a cause for concern. Although many of the group message boards contain positive posts, some also contain questionable content (such as a group called "Hook ups :)," which offers to help members find the perfect match). It's also a little scary how easily kids can connect with other users through the site's internal email system: You don't have to send a friend request first and can just key in a username to send a message. Filters prevent kids from typing in email addresses, URLs, or phone numbers, which should help reduce the likelihood safety mishaps. However, parents will still want to supervise their child's time on GirlSense to make sure it's about creating cool clothes -- and not connecting with strangers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how people express themselves through their appearance, both online and in person. Can you express your creativity through clothes or make-up? How can you have fun with different looks without putting too much emphasis on your physical appearance?

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  • Why do you need to be cautious about what you say when you're online? Is it safe to send email to someone you've never met in person? What about posting to someone's wall? Is one form of communication safer than the other?

  • How important it is to stay safe when you're in a social network, even when you share similar interests such as fashion?

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For kids who love girl-centric stuff

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