They have done an unbelievable job with this site. The foundation was laid by a group of tween and teen girls themselves, and you can instantly tell that this is a safe place for girls to be themselves, create, have fun--and be sheltered from the marketing culture’s crap that young girls have to swim through ever day.
The site is less than a month old (and still in beta), but Common Sense Media is already praising it as “a stellar online destination for girls 8-12.” (See www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/NewMoonGirls.html)
Just so you know, it’s NOT a social networking site like MySpace or Facebook. Unlike those sites, NewMoonGirls.com doesn’t allow girls to post personal information and all comments are moderated by well-trained adults. Basically, NewMoonGirls.com is a safe (and advertising-free!!) forum for tween girls to post writing, video, audio, artwork--and then share them (or not) as they please, and comment on other girl’s creative efforts.
New Moon Girl Media also has a blog for older girls, called orb28, which is itself a fascinating place for teenage girls to visit—although it isn’t as fully developed yet as the site for younger girls.