Woozworld - Explore your avatar identity & fame in a live chat virtual world

 

Learning(i)

Trendy virtual world with heavy push to buy, buy, buy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's easy to establish an account and choose your avatar, decorate Unitz, and play games. During this review, the app was extremely slow to load at times, and the app's chat feature was glitchy.

Violence

Violent messages are against Woozworld's terms of use. Some fighting messages reportedly have been seen on the website; we didn't observe any during the review of the app. Users can report other users for rules violations by clicking on their avatars and tapping "report" under their profiles. 

Sex

Chats about "singles parties" were observed during this review. Some clothing choices for female avatars may be considered suggestive and inappropriate for tween users. The Woozworld terms of use prohibit sexual content. Users can report other users for rules violations by clicking on their avatars and tapping "report" under their profiles. 

Language

Chat filter and rules are intended to minimize inappropriate language. We didn't observe any swear words or words intended to circumvent the filter during this review; however, such language has been reported on the website. 

Consumerism

Purchasing lots of things -- for your avatar, room, and food -- is advertised quite heavily throughout Woozworld. In-app purchases range from $1.99 to $19.99. VIP monthly access is $7.99/month.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Woozworld encourages parents and kids to read the community rules before creating an avatar. Rules remind kids not to use their real names on the site, to be respectful to other users, and to report any behavior that violates terms. The chat filter also restricts the use of numbers to protect kids' personally identifiable information. The Woozworld privacy policy and terms are clearly available for parents to read when creating an account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Woozworld - Explore your avatar identity & fame in a live chat virtual world is the companion app to the website Woozworld for tweens and young teens. If kids already have an account on the website, they can use the same username and password for the app. Kids new to Woozworld can create an account and select an avatar on the app without using the website version. Kids decorate their Unitz (rooms), play games to earn points to buy things, chat with others, go to "parties," and buy stuff, which requires earning currency by playing games or buying points via in-app purchase. There's also a VIP $7.99 monthly membership. The numerous buying options are advertised as kids travel around Woozworld. The app says its chat is safe with strong filters and rules, although some users reportedly try to circumvent them.

What kids can learn

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • social media

What Kids Can Learn

Woozworld - Explore your avatar identity & fame in a live chat virtual world wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • social media

Woozworld - Explore your avatar identity & fame in a live chat virtual world wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

What's it about?

Register for an account on WOOZWORLD by choosing from one of three language-based communities; enter a date of birth, an email (a parent's email for kids under 13), and a password. Create your avatar. Begin to play by creating a room (Unitz), dressing the avatar, exploring different areas, and chatting with other avatars. Play games to earn points, shop, host or attend parties, and more. Woozworld includes many places to explore and lots of ways for kids to express themselves and buy things for their avatars.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Woozworld - Explore your avatar identity & fame in a live chat virtual world has lot of social rules and safety guidelines in place. But the overwhelming message to buy, buy, buy can detract from the better aspects of this virtual world. During the course of this review, not a lot of substantive chat conversations between kids were observed (most were about selling and buying stuff or were invites to "singles" parties). Also, slow loading times made moving from place to place very difficult. (At the time of this review, the developer had included a note on the App Store that it is aware of this problem and was working to fix it.) Posting messages through the app's chat feature also was​ glitchy. Although Woozworld's overall safety standards and community rules for kids are admirable, and the virtual world has many places to visit, some parents of tweens may find the consumerism and party push too much for younger kids new to virtual worlds.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much time or money your kid is allowed to spend on this virtual world. Set screen time limits and rules for in-app purchases.

  • Links to Woozworld's thoughtful guidelines and code of conduct are right there on the main screen of the app for you to read with your kid when he or she creates an account. Take advantage of the opportunity to establish some basic virtual-world rules with your kid.

  • Read Common Sense's Online Worlds for Young Kids to understand more about why kids want to spend time on these types of sites and apps and tips on how you can make them as safe as possible.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 17, 2014
Category:Social Networking
Size:90.20 MB
Publisher:Woozworld
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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Kid, 9 years old August 19, 2014
age 18+
 

To much sex

Ok so I was playing and this person pc me and asked me wanna get marry and have sed as in sex and I was all like wow and eww so than this girl was getting married and I went to the wedding and it was the guy who pc me then they where married then the girl said can you leave us for a bit then I said ok and they were having sex so ewww bad for kids and only let them play if they know ABOUT sex ok bye
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byTeddyBear August 12, 2014
age 13+
 
LEARNING

Woozworld review

Woozworld WAS a really nice virtual game but i don't know what happened.. the game has a lot of bullying problems, hacking and, even though there are censors for bad words- alot of cursing. I would not recommend this game for children under thirteen.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old July 15, 2015
age 10+
 
LEARNING

Kinda good

Okay I've played the app and online version. The online lets you do a lot more stuff which makes it more worse. But, the app lets you do less stuff which is good. But, there is still sex and bad suff!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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