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Beverly Hills Puppy Club
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
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.
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.