What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that to post comments, users need to either connect to the site through Facebook or Twitter -- or register for a Polyvore account. During registration, the site suggests you follow random users.
What's it about?
POLYVORE gives users their fashion fix by highlighting clothing and accessories from dozens of brands -- with links to sites that sell the goods. You can assemble collages of your favorite looks; other users can borrow the background templates you create to display virtual outfits or comment on your creations. Users can also join groups based on make-up, jewelry and other topics. The site is easy to use, and there's no shortage of items to ogle. But don't expect a ton of in-depth content -- the focus is on fashion adoration, not information.
Is it any good?
POLYVORE refers to itself as a social commerce site: Users can view recent trends, bounce style questions off each other, create fashion collages, and shop for clothing and accessories. (Framed art and some furniture pieces are featured, too.) Like Pinterest, Polyvore lets users install a button to their bookmarks tab that makes it easy to add items they like -- complete with tags to identify them -- to their stable of images on the site. You're supposed to be 13 or older to sign up; however, because users can add their real name to their profile and easily connect with complete strangers on the site, parents may want to think twice about letting teens create a Polyvore profile.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what kind of hurtful comments kids should avoid posting -- and could possibly be exposed to -- on sites that allow user comments. (Read our Rules for the Road guide for suggestions.)
What concerns arise with friending complete strangers online -- even if you have something in common, like a love of fashion? How can you protect your child's privacy online?
Use the site's emphasis on fashion as a springboard to discuss the importance of inner beauty. How can you balance having fun putting outfits together with avoiding focusing too much on your external appearance?