A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The good: Encourages kids to protect the environment. The bad: One of the characters is really into "looking good," and there's a "beauty secrets" section on the message boards.
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Products & Purchases
The site sells Hulala Girls products. Kids must buy credits (or else earn them very slowly) in order to customize their avatars and profiles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this social site is part of a multimedia project that aims to teach girls about nature and environmentalism. Still in beta, some features (like the screened message boards' eco tips) are truly educational, but many others (like the games) lack substance. The site sells Hulala Girls toys and stickers, and users have to buy "seashells" (credits) with real money in order to customize their avatars and profiles. They can also earn seashells by posting messages or playing games, but it takes weeks to earn enough seashells to buy anything. To register, kids choose a username and password; adults who register are asked for an email address as well. A portion of the site's profits go to environmental organizations.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, there's not much else to do on the site yet. The LotusOdeon section has a few animated clips of the girls, most of FriendsBay is "coming soon," and the games are mostly so-so, with the exception of the cute matching/memory game Dress Up. The best section is probably the GreenWall bulletin boards, which feature silly jokes, neat facts about nature, and tips for preserving the environment. The vibe is friendly, and all comments are reviewed before they're posted. The site has a cool theme and good intentions, but needs more fun features before surfer girls would deem it "rad."
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