Launched in August of 1994, “Girls’ Life [magazine] has continued to grow and sustain its place as the #1 magazine for 10- to 15-year-old girls.” Its website, www.GirlsLife.com, is the popular magazine’s online home. Like the magazine, the website offers tween girls “real information and advice—from academic success to peer pressure to time-management and stress-relieving tips; from growing up to boosting self-esteem.” It includes sections on guys, life, your bod, fun stuff, entertainment, style, health & fitness, and quizzes. These pages contain many subsections, such as “School” (study tips), “Down there” (What’s a pap smear?), “Recipes” (Sweet spring treats in seconds), and “Well Being” (We tried it: giving up soda).
I had fun browsing http://www.GirlsLife.com! One of my favorite sections was the “Your Bod” section. One of the section’s featured articles was on hiding stretch marks. When I was a tween and going through puberty, I wound up with stretch marks on my hips and thighs. The article explained that this happens because “you’re at the age when your body’s going through a ton of changes…even if you can’t see them!” Another article answered a reader question about itching “down there” (by referring her to a doctor!). I liked this section because it’s one place (though it shouldn’t be the only place!) tween girls can go to for information on embarrassing subjects. I also liked that the site offered a “Book Club” section.
One of the things I didn’t like about http://www.GirlsLife.com was the fact that ads for a subscription to the magazine were constantly popping up while I was browsing the site! Also, the site was cluttered with many ads for the Gillette Venus Embrace. Another thing I found questionable was that the “Style” section featured an article on “3 sweet date-night hairstyles.” I found this to come off as a bit advanced for the site’s target audience (10- to 15-year-old girls).
Reading/interest level: ages 10 to 15