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Club Pony Pals
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 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why it's important to have your mom or dad register you to use a website. Why would your parents want to monitor what you do on the site?
Why is it important to tell your parents before you sign up for a website that asks for your name, email address or other information?
What kind of personal information -- like your first and last name, or home address -- should you NOT enter on a website or give to people you meet on the Web?