Parents' Guide to

Animal Jam

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Beware unmonitored chat in Nat Geo virtual world.

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What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 338 parent reviews

age 18+

Just say no to animal jam

Horrible game, no vetting of parents email so my child continues to hack, cheat and steal from other players for profit.
2 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Scams children

This app had my son logged in, but not “fully” signed in. It allowed him to make purchases then when his iPad rebooted he lost everything. I contacted animal jam to see if they could help, offered to provide receipts, but without a username(which he had as he was playing) they would not reimburse the money he spent. Total rip off, there was no warning that if you purchased something it had the potential to be lost. They should not allow purchases unless you are fully logged in. There was no way for me to tell that would happen. Furthermore to not try to work with a customer who could provide receipts is horrifying. This app prays on children and parents.
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (338):
Kids say (742):

Since this site is a National Geographic product, it's expected to have strong nature photos, videos, and graphics; solid information; and generally be a high-quality production -- and it is. That said, if your child or younger tween isn't a strong reader or doesn't have experience with more simple virtual worlds like Club Penguin or Webkinz, Animal Jam could be a bit confusing at first. And some of the games are more arcade-style, less educational. As in most virtual worlds, players earn points that get them online money ("gems") to buy items for their avatar and avatar's home, or to play certain more complex games. Overall, a safe, higher-value-than-usual virtual world for tweens.

Online interaction: This site has a safe and very structured chat and buddy system. The rules are clear, and it's easy to ignore, block or report players who are not following the rules. As virtual worlds go, some of the online interaction is very basic and not very worthwhile, but there is enough educational content here that hopefully kids can find meaningful topics about which to interact here.

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