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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stardoll is a fashion-oriented site with some protections in place for users who are under 13. They automatically receive a "Kid Safe" membership, which gives them access to doll-related games and features plus other members' profile albums. However, they can't write content on the site, access other users' written content, or communicate with other members. Users of all ages frequent this popular dress-up site, so kids and teens need to be extra careful about friending and chatting with people they meet on the site.
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Is it any good?
STARDOLL -- formerly Paper Doll Heaven -- lets users create fashion-based dress-up dolls and play games. You can make your own doll or choose one based on a celebrity.The site's clubs -- message-board like forums -- range from tame fan clubs to some questionable content (for example, although many of the posts in a club about first kisses are innocent, some mention body parts and sex). However, the site's emphasis on self-expression through fashion and writing is a plus; and although Stardoll's subscription service ranges from $6.95 for one month to $4.95 a month for a year, there are plenty of dolls you can dress-up using the free registration option. (In fact, you don't need to register at all to access many of them.) Users can also blog and access some of the site's creative design tools for free. Kids and teens might eventually beg to be upgraded to a paid subscription -- but there's plenty to do on Stardoll without shelling out a penny.
Online interaction: Registered users can join fan clubs based on celebrities, animals, and other topics and can also friend other members and email, chat with them, and post on their guestbook. Users can buy and sell their own virtual designs. Most comments are supportive, but some users have complained about dishonesty between users.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk abot why a site would not allow users who are under 13 to chat with other users or post comments on someone's wall? How do you know if you should accept a friend request that you receive
from a stranger? What kind of comments or questions should you be
concerned about? What are some ways to stay safe online?
What's the difference between fashion and marketing? What are some sneaky ways advertisers are targeting users on this site?