This game is fantastic for small children- if you don't choose SpeedChat Plus. It can teach teamwork and create friendshps.
I've been an avid player of this game for over 4 years, and I can say it's great for the young and old. However, the playing experience can be impacted by what kind of chat you use. SpeedChat is the drop-down menu that only contains safe phrases, but there are a couple that can be used to express a child's anger at another. Some are "You stink!" and "Please go away!". Some children will "spam," or constantly pester another person with, these kinds of messages. However, we have a handy "Ignore" button and a "Report" system.
Now, SpeedChat Plus (or Speedchat+) has its ups and downs. It can help a Toon (player) with communications in cartoony battles, but it can also be used to throw horrible insults at other Toons. There's a set chat filter for SpeedChat+, but people can get away with rude remarks by carefully using caps. One example of this is "noobS." This insult is used quite often for lower Toons that don't completely understand how the game works. Toons can also curse using codes, saying things like "fo" (f__k) and flump/matata. (sexual organs)
Another big problem in the game- there are three Districts, or servers, that should be avoided by children. These Districts are Toon Valley, Nutty Summit, and Nutty River.
All three are very densely packed with hackers. These hackers *normally* cannot harm your computer or steal your account info, but hackers used to be widely feared for their ability to ban, or even TERMINATE accounts. Disney fixed this a long time ago, but hackers are still feared. Hackers can apparently access motion files in the game data and play them repetitively using bots. They will sometimes abuse this feature and make bots in inappropriate positions. Hackers are determined to stand out from the crowd, using colors that would be impossible for normal Toons, such as white (not cream). They will also used modified clothes and do things like expand the chat bubble size to create huge messages that are very annoying. The very worst aspect about hackers? They can evade bans using a hacking system called a "ban shield."
Toon Valley is a district in which the playground (area safe from Cogs where Toons spawn if they "go sad," or die) in ToonTown Central is filled with a humongous crowd of 50+ Toons all advertising things like resorts, game shows, or DATING shows at their Estate. Hackers can easily be spotted here. There have even been wide-spread ARMIES of bots around here, barring off vital places!
Nutty River is a server that is always, ALWAYS full of Toons (literally, it's impossible to get in unless you have a "taxi," or Toon that will use programs to keep from disconnecting and parks in a certain area to allow Toons in). It is constantly filled with Cog Invasions, a feature that many Toons enjoy due to the fact that you can get twice as many skill points and many Cogs for a certain ToonTask, or quest. As I mentioned before, Nutty River is filled with hackers, so I suggest that your child not come here unless they want to be inspired to tamper with a MMOG and scar many other children.
Nutty Summit is a copy of Nutty River, but scaled down so that there are less people and therefore you can maybe get in 1-5 times per hour.
One large annoyance for many players that play for the actual game and quests is that the game rarely is given large updates. Sure, there are routine yearly contests, but all you win are shirts that can be glitch-stolen. Also, hackers may often overrun these kinds of contests and keep the glory to themselves. (I, personally, have had to cope with one of these scenarios, and rather recently, too. I worked all night to earn a shirt for a New Year's Competition, and since there is one set of winners every hour, I tried to go for 5:00 AM EST. After a day and a whole night of work, I was beaten.. by, most likely, a hacker.) Updates are few and far between, and usually quite minor. There is a Test ToonTown feature, and it took 5+ months to fully test and implement a map feature in the online game.