What parents need to know
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
- cultural understanding
- friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics
- embracing differences
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
With quirky touches like theme songs and dance parties, Smart Girls is fun and friendly.
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.
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'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?
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.