Common Sense Media says

Sporty virtual world scores with fun, goofy games.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As in most virtual worlds, some users are friendly, and others are (mildly) rude. Kids could feel rejected if other users ignore them.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Safe chat only -- players are limited to pre-approved words and phrases.

Consumerism

Some content is restricted to players with a premium membership, which costs $4.95 per month (users are prompted to upgrade). There's a tie-in with Upper Deck sports trading cards.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this NFL virtual world and gaming site charges $4.95 a month for a premium membership. Kids can access most of the site for free but are encouraged to upgrade. Registration requires a user name, password, email address, and birth date; kids who are under 13 must provide a parent's email address. Chat is only available in safe mode, which prevents kids from entering personal information or using profanity. Kids could feel rejected or frustrated if their attempts to chat or play games are ignored. There's no "friending" feature right now, but the site plans to add one in the future.

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Kids say

What's it about?

A virtual world peppered with mini-games, NFL RUSH ZONE (NFLRZ) gives young football fans a chance to step into a rookie's cleats. Players are drafted by a team and sent to its hometown, where they receive their first paycheck from the coach. The money can be exchanged for daily rations; smart food choices help boost health points. Players can also amp up their vital stats by training -- playing speed and skill games -- in the hopes of working their way up through the ranks. Challenging other players is a way to earn pigskins, which premium members can exchange for gear and avatar upgrades.

Is it any good?

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NFLRZ scores with its lively animation and creative concept, although diehard fans looking for info on teams, players, and stats -- or chat about sports -- won't find much of that here. But kids who are mostly interested in game play should enjoy the site's dozens of simple but addictive arcade-style offerings, like the goofy Haunted Ghoulpost and Blitz Bot Conga Chaos, which don't require a premium membership. One caveat: The site can be extremely slow to load at times.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what's reasonable and what's excessive when it comes to playing games online (watch our video about online gaming). Since the game rewards players for eating well, parents can also talk about the media's mixed messages on nutrition. Diet is a key part of success in athletics, so why are sports stars often seen promoting soda and fast food? For tips, check out Talking to Your Kids About Junk Food and Fast Food Advertising.

Website details

Topics:Sports and martial arts
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written bymichellenumbers January 30, 2011
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Perfect for 10 year olds.

Love this site, so do my boys!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 8 years old September 8, 2010
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6
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Perfect for 6-12

I use it all the time! NFL Rush Zone is a great place for kids. I can spend all day on it.

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Kid, 11 years old January 13, 2013
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LEARNING

BEST SITE EVER

I love this site and it works out well because i am a huge supporter of the miami dolphins and it inforces the kids the good side of football and certain games have them match a mascot to its staduim and have you match a team to its city so it is educational to all. For people who are curious about the cities ir just adore football this site is perfect for them

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