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Girl Ambition inspires young girls

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January 22, 2009

NBC--Three moms, worried about the dangers of the Internet decided to put their concerns into action. 

They created their own website to help protect girls as young as six.

Meet Dani Girl, she's a Bay Area 11-year-old who has her own show on a new website girlambition.com.

"On the Dani Girl show, I show girls things that they can go out and try, the stuff that will make them get butterflies in their stomach," said Dani.

Girlambition.com is just one of many websites targeted toward tween girls. 

But this website is more than just a place for young girls to watch videos and play games.

They can set up email, instant message their parent-approved list of buddies, and learn the lessons of Internet security early on.

"For the younger girls, the 6, 7, 8, 9 year olds, it's really the training wheels for the internet.  For the 10, 11, 12, 13 year olds, it's the on-ramp to the internet," said girl ambition co-founder Hilary De Cesare.

De Cesare is also a mom who wanted one place for her daughter to go online safely and securely while also building her self-esteem.

"We have to make sure that there is a place for girls to go, be safe online, learn how to actually use the internet and learn to like themselves," said De Cesare.

A tall order for one website, but De Cesare and her friends were up for the challenge. 

And so far, it appears their daughters are getting the message.

"It prepares you for those sites like Facebook and MySpace, but it teaches you the right things so you go there you know what to do," said Dani.

Girlambition.com officially launches on January 15th. 

It's a subscription-based site for kids which costs $4.99 a month.

Girl ambition also has a free area for parents.

For more information, click here.

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