My Pop Studio

Common Sense Media says

Great way for kids to learn critical thinking.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Helps girls separate the message and the messenger.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Helps girls understand pressure to be sexual.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Pointers for recognizing commercialism.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Arts

  • improvising and music analysis
  • music

Skills

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • evaluating media messages

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will enjoy using the various media-making tools and may even get into watching other videos and commenting on them. The site design is a little clunky but will still have appeal, especially for younger students.

Learning Approach

Learning about media by making it is an effective strategy for deep, lasting learning and critical thinking. It's also empowering for kids as they get tons of control over their pop star's image.

 

Support

There’s no tutorial or help page, but the straightforward tools may not require much assistance. PDFs for teachers provide some guidance for using materials in the classroom.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Arts

  • improvising and music analysis
  • music

Skills

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • evaluating media messages

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Genre:Creating
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

This review of My Pop Studio was written by

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

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 16 years old Written byshirleytimple07 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

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.
Teen, 17 years old Written byLoveOverHate July 31, 2009
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

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 girls. I wish I had found this site when I was younger!
What other families should know
Educational value
Adult Written byTravlnbard April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

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. Otherwise it is a great site where girls can produce their own music, tv program or magazine. My daughter loved it.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools