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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about a few topics, but the site content isn't overwhelmingly educational. Dress up, earring design, and other games provide opportunities for artistic expression. Some job-themed games offer a bit of time-management experience. Games that have instructions provide some reading practice, but there don't seem to be a ton of games that focus on math, language, or other skills. Some cooking games, in fact, that only involve clicking on items to move them are missed opportunities to feature measurements, fractions, and other math elements. The site also says it was created to provide girls with a sense of self-empowerment, but not all games do. A few, such as the Library Flirting game, even provide a somewhat mixed message. MyGames4Girls attempts to teach kids, especially girls, positive lessons, but the amount of fluff and confusing messages limit the site's impact.
Site wants to present a prevalent girl-power theme with all content.
Violence & Scariness
Some games feature mild violence, such as aliens zapping sheep (although no blood is shown).
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Products & Purchases
One or more ads precede most of the games.
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.
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.
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