A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site encourages responsible behavior by requiring users to take care of their horse. Before a horse can be taken for a ride, it must be fully groomed.
The company policy is: "no personal information, nothing mean or creepy." If personal information is entered it is edited out. Site status updates do not appear immediately and must be approved before going live.
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Products & Purchases
The site's store section sells plush horse toys and links to a site selling Pony Pals clothing, mugs, and other items. Parents are also encouraged to buy extra Wiggins Bucks, which are the site's currency, in the store section and if they sign up for a parent's account.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this pony-raising virtual world is based on the Pony Pals book series by Jeanne Betancourt, and lets kids adopt, name, and care for a virtual pony. Parents are asked to set up an account for their child by submitting an email address and a password. Parents can also sign up for a parent's account to see when their child last logged into the site.
Is It Any Good?
Since launching, the site has added extra directions -- such as a video that illustrates the horse grooming instructions more clearly -- and extra activities and destinations to explore. There's much more to do now on the Club Pony Pals site, and it's easier to navigate your way around; visiting the bus stop will allow you to travel to and from locations like the site's downtown area, where you can shop for food, riding clothes and other items in stores. Users also can take their horse for rides along the site’s trails and can post messages for the book characters on the site’s active message board.
Online interaction: Users can friend other users by sending a request.
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