Posh Dressup

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Creepy site offers sexy dolls, flimsy clothes, and bad ads.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The underlying message that kids can play in an environment that mixes age-appropriate characters with sexualized dolls isn't one that kids need to add to the natural confusion of growing up.

Violence

None observed.

Sex

This site hypersexualizes women and children and mixes those images on the same site as characters like Dora the Explorer in games geared toward very young children. Even some of the ads, including one for an Internet game that shows a female character with nearly completely exposed breasts, have sexual images.

Language
Consumerism

Multiple ads throughout the pages, including one players have to view while waiting for the dolls to load. Product ads on this site range from adult items like hair replacement therapy and "finding singles near you" to Disney and Harry Potter movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this creepy virtual doll dress-up site mixes sexy dolls with Dora the Explorer and Michelle Obama. Dressing up a virtual teen in a burka and string bikini bottoms or a young boy doll sexily posed in only underwear doesn't fit a site that bills itself as containing "child-friendly content." Even more yucky, the ads run the gamut from hair replacement, platform boots, Internet games, laundry detergent, Disney movies, and Harry Potter. From the range of age-inappropriate advertising, it's hard to tell whether the site creators are targeting children or adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byrockstarr15 October 2, 2009
its gay and sexual porn
Kid, 11 years old November 20, 2010

first time user

the first time i got on the website some pictures or dress ups were so cute
Teen, 13 years old Written byKatherineLovesJake August 13, 2010

Is it any good?

This site is not good for kids, despite the "child-friendly" veneer. Including a few age-appropriate dolls, like Miley Cyrus and Michelle Obama, and child-friendly games with tons of sexualized dolls and ads geared for adults sends confusing and negative message to children about body image, about Internet safety and about sexuality in general.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why sites like this that look like they're made for children may not be exactly what they seem. Discuss with your child your responsibility for keeping them safe in mind and body on the Internet as in any other "real" place in the world. For more tips, check out Common Sense Media's Internet Safety Advice for Kids.

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love girly stuff

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