Bizzy City

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Paid kids site doesn't deliver on "fun, safe" promise.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

The Kids Tube section includes videos of wild animal attacks, like "Python swallows a deer alive, then spits it out."

Sexy Stuff

There's a video for the Bloodhound Gang song "The Bad Touch," which has lyrics like "And then we'll do it doggy style" and "Put your hands down my pants and I'll bet you'll feel nuts."

Language
Consumerism

Ads play before videos and games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bizzy City says it's designed to be a safe place for kids ages 8 to 14, but the content isn't carefully curated; for example, the videos include graphic wild animal attacks and a Bloodhound Gang song that's sexually explicit. For $1, you can sign up for a three-day trial, but it's very difficult to figure out how to cancel your trial membership -- and if you don't, you'll be billed $7.99 per month. Bizzy City asks for a lot of information when you sign up, and it automatically displays the user's full name in a public profile.

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What's it about?

BIZZY CITY gathers content from Hulu and other sites, aiming to provide kids with a safe sampling of videos, podcasts, games, books, and more. There's a social networking feature that emulates Facebook, a news section, a \"zoo\" featuring animal videos from National Geographic, and a selection of classic TV shows and movies. The site offers a $1 three-day trial and costs $7.99 per month.

Is it any good?

Bizzy City is a good idea in theory, but its execution is frustrating and annoying. There are typos throughout the site, many links don't work, content categories don't make sense (why are there music videos in the "Amazing Animals" category?), and the news section is random and infrequently updated. The "Friends Café" has few users, so it's not much fun. For $7.99 a month, parents should expect better quality control, and kids should get more engaging content.

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  • Families can talk about how to play it safe online. How do you know what websites you can trust? What information is OK to share, and what should be kept private?

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