A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about news, politics, fashion, wellness, tech, college, cooking, other lifestyle topics. Site content also includes items on careers, decorating, spirituality, relationships, nutrition and fitness, hair, makeup styles and products. Some posts are op-ed items that express a strong opinion about news, illustrating perspective-taking. Content runs from serious posts to more frivolous features, like taking an Instagram sunset shot, which should help maintain teens' interest while introducing them to new subjects, educating them about current events, healthy living, other topics.
Some posts emphasize self-confidence, healthy lifestyle choices, etc.; but because of its fashion focus, the site definitely promotes shopping and consumerism, too.
Violence & Scariness
Some items mention/refer to gun violence, protests, and other real-life events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Posts run the gamut from informative health-related articles to posts on a celebrity talking about masturbation and a detailed guide to anal sex.
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Some posts feature words like "s--t," "damn," and "f--k"; some words have a letter removed, some don't.
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Products & Purchases
Ads for teen-targeted products like makeup, skin care products. Plenty of promos for print magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some posts center on anti-substance abuse themes like the dangers of smoking, how you can have fun at a party without drinking, and what it's like to live a sober lifestyle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TeenVogue.com is the online home of the same-named print magazine, and is an appealing, informative destination for teens with an interest in fashion and style. Advertising is predictably plentiful and targeted toward the teen girl. With the exception of the occasional pop-up, ads are integrated into the overall layout. In the past few years, the site has added more content on politics and other hard-hitting issues; still, there's plenty of fashion and beauty. Other recent items have indicated the site may be leaning toward more risqué material: Its guide on anal sex, for example, made headlines and drew some concern. As a result, parents may want to be supervise the time their teen spends on the site. You can expect a range of thoughtful, informative pieces; harmless, just-for-fun content; and posts that may touch on topics some parents would rather kids didn't study in detail.
Is It Any Good?
While this digital version of the popular magazine provides a lot of teen-focused content, its venture into mature subject matter may worry plenty of parents. 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.
Clothing, however, isn't the only content featured on the site. Generally, the writing is clear and informal enough to be appealing, and the topics are, for the most part, things that directly relate to teens' lives. They'll see items on politics, mental health, and other serious topics -- which are generally handled in an informative, straightforward way -- and a number of posts that center on less intense topics, such as Starbucks obsessions, celebrity news, and cute boys. There are a few items, though, that deal with sexual acts and other subjects some parents may feel uncomfortable with; as a result, it might not be a bad idea to check in with your teen to see what she's checking out on the site.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.