A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that QUINCEGIRL.COM is the online verison of Quince Girl magazine. This site's a mixed bag of some iffy information sharing, ads, and photos and articles. The user posts are often unpredictable -- some helpful and kind, others rude and irrelevant. Couple that with the hyper-focus on the material side of this cultural tradition, and parents will have to decide if the pros outweigh the cons of this site.
What's it about?
QUINCEGIRL.COM targets the Latina market of teen girls preparing to celebrate their Quinceanera around age 15. The site is loaded with Quinceaneara-related articles, photos, videos, planning tools, quizzes and -- most of all -- ads for teen girls preparing for the Big Event.
Is it any good?
The expectations that this site sets for heavily influenced, media image-driven teen girls may be more than many families want to grapple with when planning a budget for their Quince (one "cost-cutting tip" the site offers is to choose a buffet-style meal for guests "instead of paying for a wait staff"). If families can frankly discuss reality versus image and safe social networking, there are many helpful tips and teen discussions about the Quinceanera experience on this site.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how media can frame a tradition to focus on the commercial side of the event and encourage people to buy, buy, buy. Many of the articles on this site focus on extremely high-end Quinceaneras that probably cost as much as a new car. Discuss with your teen the real meaning behind the event, and how easy it is to get caught up in the hype created by advertisers and an entire industry built around an event like a Quinceanera or a wedding.