Beverly Hills Puppy Club

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Webkinz knockoff, but without social interaction.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Although the site is marketed as a glamorous Hollywood-obsessed world, these pups are age-appropriate and don't seem to have too many of the trappings of fame. Although girls are the target, the site also includes puzzles and games that are gender neutral.

Consumerism

The "Red Carpet" page is actually an opportunity to show off the line of Beverly Hills puppies and promote their individual attributes. There's also a shopping page that lets visitors know where they can find the products along with a full listing of all the available accessories.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site differs from other Web sites like Webkinz and Shining Stars that are also connected with the purchase of a plush toy. There's no social interaction on this site, and although users can play games like on other sites, there are no virtual rooms to furnish or public spaces to interact with other users.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written bydanimaehemp May 21, 2011
Parent of a 7 year old Written byckn6 November 2, 2009
Kid, 10 years old January 22, 2011
GUEST WHAT BABY MY COUSIN OVER HERE
Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2011

Is it any good?

BEVERLY HILLS PUPPY CLUB does a good job when it comes to creating a girly Web site that doesn't veer into sexualization. These pups are posh, but a mini skirt is as far as they go in looking like Paris Hilton. Thankfully, the site doesn't promote a diva lifestyle and many of the pet characters are momma dogs with litters of equally accessorized puppies. There are only four activities on this site, however, which seems like a paltry amount considering these toys cost more than ones on sites like Webkinz, which have much more content. The games that are available are fun and somewhat addictive and will probably satisfy users too young for increased interactivity and chatting.

Online interaction: Users can email their pooches' costume creations to friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the Beverly Hills lifestyle means. Can you think of any celebrities that you would like to be for a day or a week? Do you think celebrities are role models? Read our "Celebrity Role Models" article to find out more about this issue.

  • Families can talk about taking the leap into interactive virtual worlds. What is the right age to open an account on Club Penguin or Webkinz? What are some of the basic rules to know before you become a member of a site like this? Read our "Club Penguin Tips" and learn the ropes.

  • Families can talk about pets being treated like people. What things about this site don't make sense in reality? Could a dog use a cell phone or a purse? Why do you think people like to make pets act like people? Do any of these dogs promote a stereotype of beauty and fashion? Check out our article "Battling Stereotypes" to learn about how people often try to fit into certain popular roles.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love girly games

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