Stardoll.com and Club Penguin
Supervising our junior school IT room at lunchtime today, I noticed we had a number of children on stardoll.com. The idea of the site is to drag assorted items of clothing over a 2D image of a pop star / model / celebrity, which seems to illicit responses from our girls along the lines of "Ooh, isn't she pretty in that top?" and "I don't know if that style is quite right for her...". Choking off my natural reaction to bellow "DAMMIT! YOU'RE BETRAYING THE MEMORIES OF THE VALIANT PIONEERS WHO FOUGHT TIRELESSLY THROUGHOUT THE PREVIOUS CENTURY AND TO THIS DAY TO ALLOW WOMEN EQUAL RIGHTS AND AN ESCAPE FROM THE STEREOTYPES THAT CONFINE THEM!" at the nearest 10-year-old, I waited until lunchtime was over and blocked the URL.
Can anyone suggest a suitible replacement for StarDoll? I suppose a site where you select suitible occupation-related attire for famous female scientists / authors / politicians is too much to hope for?
Also, Club Penguin: is there any actual educational value to this site, or is it simply that someone had a talent for drawing cute penguins and calling their product "educational" was the only way they could figure to market it?