A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MyGames4Girls is a site that tries to promote girl power for its readers with girl-centric games and articles. With the exception of some minor violence, such as aliens zapping sheep, there's no objectionable content to be found. But there's plenty of advertising before most of the games . There also are some privacy and safety issues; if you want to register for the virtual world associated with the site, you need to enter your username, your email address, and a password. But registration isn't required to play the site's games.
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What's it about?
MYGAMES4GIRLS features a variety of free dress-up, cooking, make-up, and other games. Users also can listen to kid-friendly songs through a link to FunKids radio, read the site's blog, and sign up for its virtual world. New games that the site says administrators have screened are posted daily. Three fictional teen mascots, Lilou, Lea, and Lee, serve as site ambassadors (though they aren't too prevalent, girls can access lengthy profiles of each character on the site).
Is it any good?
Though it claims to boost girl power, this site's content doesn't fully live up to its creed. MyGames4Girls tries to provide a positive location on the Web. It comes with a blog to motivate readers, fictional female mascots to identify with and follow, and kid-friendly entertainment. It also has a ton of games covering a wide variety of topics, but most of these are taken from other sites. As a result, they can be somewhat inconsistent; some don't have clear instructions, while others don't have any or have instructions in another language.
The amount of ads kids need to see before accessing games gets annoying fairly quickly, but the site's biggest problem is its content. MyGames4Girls tries to present a definite girl-power theme; its "About Us-esque" description says its blog posts (and other items) seek to "empower young girls and encourage them to aim high and dream big." That's why the inclusion of a number of kissing games, though fairly benign, seems like a very odd inclusion. A game that involves flirting and pausing to please your boyfriend (listed in the site's job games category) is another misstep. MyGames4Girls doesn't seem to contain much adult content, which is a plus, but if you're looking for an empowering website for your daughter, the Internet has many other options that will drive the point home much better.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what girl power means. How can girls become empowered? Why do many people feel that needs to happen?
Talk about challenges women have faced in recent years and ways society is trying to correct them. Has your daughter ever felt discriminated against?
Some of the site's games involve repetitive motions. Can your child identify a series of steps to take to complete an action?