4 Websites for Tween Girls
She's too old for Club Penguin, too young for Facebook. So where's your tween spending her online time? Girls this age have sites all their own.
The Site: allykatzz.com A buzzing message board, with ties to a tween-focused marketing firm.
Coolest Feature: The White House Wall Your daughter can postmessages and pictures that will be sent to the First Family.
On Boys and Bodies: A lunchroom atmosphere means honest talk from girls -- for better or worse.
Parental Controls: When she registers, she'll be asked to submit your e-mail address so you can be notified.
The Site: beaconstreetgirls.com Games, a journal, and talk, based on squeaky-clean girls from the books.
Coolest Feature: Clubs There's one for everything from volunteering to cooking, plus a page for her to post fiction and poetry.
On Boys and Bodies: Stresses staying healthy, playing sports, and getting positive attention (i.e., for smarts, not short skirts).
Parental Controls: A parent's e-mail address is required for sign-up; parents can cancel at any time.
The Site: girlambition.com A colorful virtual world (complete with tree house) for tweens and moms
Coolest Feature: Videos Girls don't just watch them, they make and upload their own.
On Boys and Bodies: Strongly emphasizes self-esteem, playing it safe by mostly avoiding the topic of boys altogether.
Parental Controls: A parent must approve each friend before her daughter can chat with or receive e-mail from that person.
The Site: girlslife.com The online home of the tween magazine, a past Parents' Choice Award winner
Coolest Feature: The Pen Pal Program She'll be sent the names and e-mails (no home addresses) of five girls. But it costs $20.
On Boys and Bodies: "Love" talk doesn't stray far from "liking" and hand-holding. A section on periods lets her ask questions.
Parental Controls: Kids under 13 need permission to join. Adult moderators have a strong presence, even offering crush advice when asked.