New Moon Girls Online

Common Sense Media says

Dynamo site for girls has priorities right.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

High self-esteem and mentoring are clear goals of this site. Girls are encouraged to express their opinions and provide constructive feedback to other girls about the artwork they post.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Girls can find information on body image, puberty, and their first period here.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No ads. New Moon store sells t-shirts, posters, and back issues of the magazine. Different pay structures for access to the social network and magazine subscription, from $4.99 per month just for access to the safe New Moon Girls Online social network, $34.95 to just the e-magazine, or $49.99 to a one-year subscription to the online e-magazine and social network access. (Other prices apply for the mailed, hard-copy magazine subscription).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Girls can post photos and artwork, which is labeled with their first name and state. Some of these posts appear on the site's main page; if featured, permission must be given. All content that is posted and submitted by girls is moderated by trained moderators except the Girl-to-Girl section, which is an Instant Messaging feature for girls registered on the site for which parents must give permission for participation.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is a sister spin-off from the award-winning magazine New Moon Girls, aimed at tweens and teen girls. Content is written by girls and is mostly about girls' and women's issues, creativity, and accomplishments. Girls can post questions, contribute to moderated message boards, and read or publish stories, videos, art, and poems, all of which are screened before posting to the public. Girls decide whether they want to share their creative portfolios or keep them private. There's a New Moon store where posters, back issues of the magazine, and T-shirts are sold. Otherwise, this site is completely ad free. It's a subscription model, with a membership fees ranging from $4.99 per month to $49.99 per year.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • writing clearly

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • empathy
  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • embracing differences
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Girls will be inspired by stories posted by girls about their daily struggles. Girls can ask questions or just talk about what's important to them. Rich opportunities for girls to mentor one another.

Learning Approach

As girls share stories, poems, and thought-provoking articles, they are learning to form solid arguments, write clearly, discuss fairly, and respect others' differences. Girls can also learn about a very important subject –- themselves.

Support

Membership gives girls access to their own room, a place to post their likes and dislikes, art, videos, stories, or poems. Boards and content are moderated.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • writing clearly

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • empathy
  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • embracing differences
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn about influential women of the past and present and become one by sharing stories, poems, and thought-provoking articles. New Moon Girls Online is set up to foster respectful and responsible communication in a fun and interactive space. By learning to form solid arguments for their opinions, write clearly, discuss fairly, and respect other's differences in a moderated environment, girls can also learn about a very important subject –- themselves. New Moon Girls Online is a safe space for honest discussions and self-esteem-building creativity.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

NEW MOON GIRLS ONLINE is a stellar online destination for tween and teen girls. The site is focused on establishing a safe online community and a place where girls can publish their creative works. Some areas of the site are available without joining. However, a $4.99 per month membership fee (or $49.99 for online community access and bi-monthly e-magazine combo) allows girls to swap stories with other girls, post sensitive questions, post and receive feedback on creative works (such as drawings, poems, and photos), and take part in moderated discussions. Membership also gives girls access to their own room -- a place to post their \"stuff\": likes and dislikes, art, videos, stories, or poems.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like the award-winning magazine (with seven Parent's Choice Foundation Gold Awards), New Moon Girls Online has its priorities right. All postings and chats are either prescreened or moderated by adults. Girls will find a community of girls asking questions and posting creative work, as well as articles about influential women past and present, and positive stories posted by girls about their daily struggles. The "Beautiful Girls" section pays tribute to girls who have shown beauty from the inside out. At "Ask A Girl" or "Dear Luna," girls can post a question or just talk about what's important to them. This site provides rich opportunities for girls to mentor one another and learn more about themselves through self-expression.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they might like to participate in discussions or post questions on this type of website. What kinds of questions might they feel more comfortable asking on the computer versus face to face to a friend or adult? What will they do if the response to their question is unsatisfactory in some way?

  • What are the benefits of being part of an online community just for girls, especially at an age when their bodies are changing dramatically? Read Common Sense Media's Girls and Body Image Tips.

  • Ask your daughter: If you posted artwork, a photo, or some other creative art form on New Moon Girls Online, what sort of feedback would you want from other girls? What are some good ways to respond to other girls who post creative work on the site?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMega129 March 19, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 

Safe Online Empowerment for Girls!

:) Awesome! My only concerns are language (ex. Oh my God) and periods, young sex, etc, etc,. Other than that, it's a safe, fun world that allows you to express creativity and chat with people like you!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byDabryle April 30, 2009
Kid, 10 years old March 8, 2015
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Nice

New Moon Girls is nice but sadly you have to pay, that's the only thing I hate about it. The topic of sex and pubterty does come up, and boy stuff too. I would more reccommend thehomeschoolcorner.yooco.com. My daughter loves it, it's girls only. Nice security, forums, chat, and more.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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