A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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.
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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 girls with a more than superficial interest in looking stylish. The site helps teens put a more youthful spin on the latest looks from Fashion Week and takes them behind the scenes to learn more about designers du jour, careers in fashion, and models of the moment. They'll also find out about recent U.S. and world news, celebrities, and health and wellness issues.
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
Users can like things on this site but can’t really get into a heated discussion about them. Why might that be a more positive way to share your opinion?