StyleSpot

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Round-up of celebs' fashions offers budget choices, too.

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Positive Messages

The site is all about shopping and brand names, encouraging visitors to emulate stars' high-end looks. Most of the featured celebs are young, thin, and conventionally beautiful.

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There are plenty of ads and links to online stores. Many of the fashions featured are extremely expensive, although they're often paired with sensibly priced alternatives.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site catalogs and sells the fashions that stars wear on screen and to events. For instance, teens can find out what Blake Lively wore on an episode of Gossip Girl, and then purchase those items or similar styles -- including less expensive options. Aside from the singular focus on shopping, celebrity, and beauty, there's nothing inappropriate for teens on the site.

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Is it any good?

For fashionistas who are always angling to know who wore what -- and where to get it -- STYLESPOT offers a comprehensive roundup of celebs and their latest styles. Most teens (or adults, for that matter) won't be able to afford the $1,845 Alexander McQueen dress Cameron Diaz wore to the Teen Choice Awards, so the site sensibly offers a StyleSpot Look ($345) and a budget option ($30). StyleSpot isn't breaking any new ground -- fashion and lifestyle mags do these features all the time -- but it can be a fun destination for teens to browse or buy.

Online interaction: Users can sign up for a newsletter or follow the site on Twitter or Facebook. Currently, there are no comments or forums, but the Privacy Policy page includes guidelines for forums, so more interactive features could be in the works.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why society is so focused on fashion and brand names. If fashion is about creativity and self-expression, why do so many people imitate celebrities' styles? When people buy high-priced items, are they paying for better quality -- or a trendier label?

  • Families can talk about fashion and the pressure to be thin. Why do most high-fashion designers only offer small sizes? Do you think the fashion industry should set limits on how thin models can be?

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