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What’s It About?
HELLO GIGGLES is a news-based online community for women with content on love, fashion, work, friends, culture, being a teen, and other topics. The site, founded by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel (who's featured as a contributor but is not the site's focus), producer Sophia Rossi, and writer Molly McAleer, features thought-provoking pieces on feminist issues, mixed with animal videos and other zany fare. Writers contribute to the site, as do readers who submit personal-essay-type pieces about a wide variety of topics.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its humor-centric name, this news-focused site features some seriously empowerment-based content, combined with just-for-fun cute-animal clips and posts about celebrities. Posts, for example, can range from topics such as eating disorders and body image to a Rihanna video compilation and a baby bat eating a banana -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The site tackles some tough topics in an approachable way, and the lighter fare helps keep Hello Giggles from feeling too intense. As an added bonus, girls can express their opinions in posts or, if they're budding writers or artists, submit original content for the site's teen or other sections. The site won't serve as a substitute for CNN; girls will need to look elsewhere for a comprehensive roundup of the latest breaking U.S. and world news. But Hello Giggles provides a supportive source for issues that affect women, dished out with a decidedly pro-girl-power vibe -- and it's fun to read.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about body image and how the media helps shape it. Is it a good thing that this site frequently touches on topics such as eating disorders and body-shape standards in the fashion industry? How does your daughter feel about her body? Does she feel as if magazines, TV, or other elements have helped influence her perception?
Ask your daughter about how she feels the media portrays women, in general. Can you together think of two to three examples of empowered women on TV shows or in movies?
Use some of the site's essay-type pieces as a jumping-off point to discuss topics that might be difficult to bring up with your child, such as self-esteem. Does your child see any parallels between certain posts and her life?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, Social Studies: events
- Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth, Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: December 16, 2015
Our Editors Recommend
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