What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the online home of Teen Vogue magazine is an appealing -- and safe -- destination for teens with an interest in fashion and style. Advertising is predictably targeted toward the teen girl, but with the exception of the occasional pop-up, it's well integrated into the overall layout. Chat forums aren't moderated and rely on members to keep the community "vibrant and on track"; this seems to be working pretty well -- most users stick to the topics and use clean language.
What's it about?
With its slightly more glamorous approach to fashion compared to other teen magazines (CosmoGirl.com, Seventeen.com),Teen Vogue's online counterpart, TEENVOGUE.COM, offers much for the girl who has more than just a superficial interest in looking stylish. The site helps teens put a more youthful spin on the latest looks from Fashion Week, and its "Industry Insider" coverage takes them behind the scenes to learn more about designers du jour, careers in fashion, and models of the moment.
Is it any good?
The best thing about Teen Vogue's fashion spreads is that they don't usually feature anything you wouldn't want your teen to wear -- the worst is that they feature some higher-end items that would probably be a splurge for you, let alone your fashion-fickle daughter. That said, interspersed with the $200 and $300 items, teens will find things they'll see at some of their more wallet-friendly fashion haunts, like H&M and Urban Outfitters.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the media and/or celebrity culture affect the way we think about our bodies. Do they add to the pressure to be thin? Also, are we more likely to buy the things that we see celebrities wearing? Is it necessary to spend a lot of money to have a great wardrobe and a good sense of style?