Smart Girls at the Party

Common Sense Media says

Amy Poehler's video site inspires.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages girls to be themselves, follow their dreams, and value brains over beauty.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Ads play before and during some videos, and the site has a store that sells show-themed clothing and other merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The blog requires a name and email address (which doesn't display) to comment.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that girls will find inspiring role models of all ages on this video site that features comedian Amy Poehler. The tone is upbeat, and there's an overarching theme of discovering your true self and following your dreams. Viewers have to go to YouTube to watch many of the videos, so kids could encounter inappropriate content if they linger there. Smart Girls itself doesn't collect any information.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • acting
  • music

Skills

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • self-awareness

Communication

  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With quirky touches like theme songs and dance parties, Smart Girls is fun and friendly.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn about a variety of topics by watching the videos in each of the web series; they can also submit questions to "Ask Amy" and comment on videos via YouTube.

Support

Poehler and her guests often have valuable information to share, but the site could be a more useful learning tool if it contained some written content and resources to complement the videos.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • acting
  • music

Skills

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • self-awareness

Communication

  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community

Kids can learn about how to make their mark on the world by passionately pursuing the things they love to do. The cornerstone of Smart Girls at the Party is a series of interviews conducted by Amy Poehler, who talks to women and girls about their interests and achievements, from art to activism. Poehler also answers questions in "Ask Amy," dishing out sound advice on navigating friendships, feeling good about yourself, and other concerns common to teens. Video interviews and Q&A with Poehler drive home the site's motto: "Change the world by being yourself."

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

Created by a trio of friends -- comedian Amy Poehler, TV producer Meredith Walker, and musician Amy Miles -- SMART GIRLS AT THE PARTY is a collection of videos organized into different channels. The site's cornerstone is its eponymous web series, which features Poehler interviewing girls and women who do cool things, from skateboarding to storytelling. Poehler's also the star of "Ask Amy," answering viewers' questions on topics like courage, body image, and friendship. Other series spotlight girls who live in different countries and quirky musical guests.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Smart Girls has a wonderful motto -- "change the world by being yourself" -- and a tone that's lively and fun, with cute theme songs and a dance party at the end of each episode. Although Poehler lacks polish as an interviewer, her off-the-cuff style makes her endearing and relatable, and her interviewees are a diverse bunch. It's inspiring watching a 79-year-old woman who decided it was never too late to learn to play drums, or a trio of skateboarding sisters who shine in a male-dominated sport. Girls (and women) of all ages will find something to smile about here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models. Ask kids to list girls or women they look up to and why they admire them. What qualities make someone a good role model?

  • The "Operation Nice" videos spotlight girls and women who are doing something good for their community. Talk about the rewards of volunteering and what causes are important to you and your kids.

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Topics:Great girl role models
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byBrandiKW June 20, 2013
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Smart and Inspiring

Positive and inspiring content for all ages. Celebrates girls who change the world by being themselves.
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