A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn general language tips and examine more challenging usage issues. Posts fall into four categories: punctuation, word choice, grammar, and style. Topics include direct and indirect objects, misplaced modifiers, comma use, verb tense, pronouns, and capitalization. Some answer questions like why the plural of die is dice. Other sections address word choice and speech writing. An active user base posts extra questions and answers, but there aren't many chances to test your knowledge. The podcasts and posts provide solid grammar information, but the site could benefit from interactive elements for a more personalized experience.
The accessible format stresses that grammar rules and learning can be fun.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One post links to an item on another site that contains an illustration of men dressed as female strippers, but generally, the Grammar Girl content isn't inappropriate.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are on the site homepage and other pages and can feature products for adults such as alcohol, credit cards, and cars. Posts also mention specific sponsors, and a bookstore section sells books by Grammar Girl and others.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens could see an ad for alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this tip-based site features interesting, well-written posts and podcasts on punctuation, word choice, grammar, and style. Grammar Girl often examines in-depth topics but is never boring. The entries are written in a lighthearted tone, and the site addresses minute grammar conflicts along with more common, everyday usage questions. Teens may be more interested in the content than younger kids who are still learning the basics. But you don't need to be an English major to appreciate the site.
Is It Any Good?
Grammar Girl offers language and usage instruction through the Quick and Dirty Tips network of sites. (Other sections feature science info from Everyday Einstein, health tips from House Call Doctor, and parenting advice from Mighty Mommy.) Grammar Girl -- a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, a former magazine and technical writer who is also Quick and Dirty Tips' founder -- offers writing and usage tips through blog posts, podcasts, and newsletters. Audio podcast files feature in-depth but accessible advice on grammatical issues like correctly using the adverb "only" in sentences; users can also opt to read written descriptions of questions sent to the site. Most posts also include helpful examples and citations.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.