The creators of New Moon Girls magazine have created a new social networking site for tween girls ages 8-12. It’s NewMoonGirls.com. The company calls it “a safe, secure and advertisement-free social network where girls can discover, create their own media, and share it with each other.” I wouldn’t call it completely commercial-free since they do advertise their own products, but it is a pretty slick site for young girls.
Like most social networking sites, NewMoonGirls.com provides girl with their own profile page. It’s called “My room.” On “My room” girls can include a picture and an “About Me” section along with “My Dreams” and “My Inspiration” as well as “My Favorites” and “My Pet.” When girls create this page it asks them for their first name only, their age, their country and state. No more information then that. So unlike MySpace, you won’t have to worry about them including their telephone, address or school information (assuming they don’t put that in the About Me section).
Girls can also add their own creations, including video or a song that they created and their own artwork (a picture, drawing or cartoon). They can also write a poem or a story. And they get the choice of either having their creations open to the public for the whole network or keeping them private so she’s the only one who can see it (like a diary). There is a section called “Voices” where you can find poems, stories and videos uploaded by other girls.
The “Voices” section also includes some Q&A. The Ask a Girl feature lets girls ask for advice and other girls provide the answers. This is monitored by an adult editor who reads every post before making it public. There’s also an Ask Luna section which seems to be kind of like a letters to the editor section where you can get answers to questions about the website and magazine.
To round it out, there is a Features tab that includes tons of information young girls care about. The Spotlight section includes books reviews, current events and special features. Changing the World gives girls information on how they can help the environment and participate in politics. In Body & Feelings girls can get accurate information about their bodies including info on body image, mood swings, puberty, her first period, and more. For the Curious includes interesting math and science facts and information. Arts & Culture let’s girls experience different cultures with stories from girls around the world. And the Sister to Sister page allows teen girls 13 and older offer advice to their younger “sisters.”
I’ve been poking around the site for a while and I’m pretty impressed. NewMoonGirls.com is fully COPPA-compliant and they provide adult moderation at all levels of communication. It’s a great way for young girls to learn about social networking in a safe environment. They can share their creativity, make new friends, and learn from other girls all over the world. And right now NewMoonGirls.com is offering a membership package including full access to NewMoonGirls.com and six issues of New Moon Girls magazine for $29.95 per year, reduced from $44.95. This might make a good holiday gift for that special tween girl in your life.