My Pop Studio

Website review by
Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
My Pop Studio Website Poster Image
Great way for kids to learn critical thinking.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational value

Kids can learn about interpreting media messages in songs, TV shows, magazines, and websites. The activities are creative, engaging, and cool: You can create a song or video and identify what you like (or don't) about retouched photos. Kids will see how celebs are packaged using appearance, attitude, and other factors -- and how emotions and identity are used to market products. However, the level of feedback kids get is 50/50. Some activities drive the point home, but others don't offer much input unless other users comment. With a few small takeaway information tweaks, the site could offer a phenomenal lesson on media influence.

Positive messages

Helps girls separate the message and the messenger.

Violence
Sex

Helps girls understand pressure to be sexual.

Language
Consumerism

Pointers for recognizing commercialism.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Pop Studio will help their girls understand the pop culture forces that affect their senses of self, and it will do so while entertaining them. Created by one of the leading authorities on media literacy, it uses TV, music, magazines, and digital life to teach girls about the messages in today's media -- and about their own media use.

User Reviews

Adult Written byTravlnbard April 9, 2008

Know your kid

Since you are dealing with things like pop stars there is going to be some element of sexuality. Some of the costumes and lyrics are mildly suggestive. Otherwi... Continue reading
Adult Written byhannahmontanaforever April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byLoveOverHate July 31, 2009

A Wonderful Site for All Ages

Though this site is meant for younger teens, I thoroughly enjoyed all of its features. This is a fascinating look at the role of the media in the lives of girl... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byshirleytimple07 April 9, 2008

awesome

I like the website , i think it's cool. i would reccomend this site to little girls also. it is very educational and fun.

What's it about?

MY POP STUDIO is more focused on pop culture's influence than turning your tween into a rock star -- specifically how marketing targets and affects consumers. Through examples involving music, TV, magazines, and digital life, the site illustrates how mass media messages can alter girls' body image perceptions, create rumors, and play into consumers' emotions. Users can style their own pop star, add music and dialogue to change a video's theme, and make magazine editorial calls; additional materials are also available for parents and teachers.

Is it any good?

My Pop Studio challenges girls to think critically about the messages embedded in the pop-media culture in which they marinate, particularly those that influence their attitudes about beauty, nutrition, celebrity culture, and their own identity. Millions of girls spend a significant chunk of their time surfing the Internet, watching MTV, thumbing through teen and celebrity magazines, and listening to CDs by their newest favorite recording stars.

While they may view it as "entertainment," the flood of imagery delivered via all this media is also subtly shaping young girls' social and emotional development, along with their perceptions of body image and health, according to media literacy researchers at Temple University, who created this site aimed at promoting dialogue and strengthening critical thinking and communication skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which pop culture is both enjoyable and manipulative. Who makes the decisions behind what a pop star wears, and whose best interest do those people have in mind?

  • Are all images in a magazine air-brushed and how does that affect how we view ourselves?What do the TV shows you watch really say about you?

Website details

  • Subjects: Arts: improvising and music analysis, music
    Language & Reading: reading comprehension, storytelling
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, evaluating media messages
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
  • Genre: Creating
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love girl power

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate