A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids meet in chat rooms, where no trash talking is allowed:Â "inappropriate" words are banned (kids will know the limits when they seeÂ words displayed in red).Â Parents can protect very young users with the SpeedChat setting, which limits exchanges to a picklist of safe preset phrasesÂ such as "Havin' a good day?"Â
Nothing stronger than "gosh" is allowed.Â Type inÂ a naughty word like "heck,"Â and it's displayed in fire-engine red. However, the filter does not catchÂ texting shortcuts, such as "omg."
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Products & Purchases
Ads bombard D23 visitors from every conceivableÂ angle.Â Banner ads for Disney productsÂ can be found on most pages, along with the occasional pop-up. Most activities -- games, videos, music --Â are based onÂ items available for purchase. Before visitors can play some videos or even set up a page they must sit through a 15-second spotÂ for toilet paper, a breakfast cereal or an allergy medicine.Â The site also pushes a D23 "charter membership"Â costing $74.99;Â the packageÂ includes a subscription to a quarterly printed magazine, discounts on special events, and entrance to the online store, Boutique 23.Â
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a safe, attractive gathering place for Disney fans -- as well as a major merchandising effort. Practically every activity has a product tie-in designed to get kids to buy stuff. (The Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus juggernaut is a huge presence.) To participate in some areas of the site, visitors must watch a 15-second spot for Honda, Charmin, Claritin, or other products. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to D23.
Is It Any Good?
The commercialism aside, D23 is a terrific destination for young and old Disney fans alike. Grade schoolers new to social networks will enjoy setting up their own page personalized with a character like Donald Duck, and stuffing a virtual backpack with video clips and games saved as favorites from other parts of the site. (Just one beef: clicking on backpack objects don't bring them to the front, so you must constantly move windows around to see everything you've collected, a major inconvenience.) Parents will love the trip down memory lane afforded by old movie clips and black-and-white cartoon strips that are updated daily. Fans of all ages will have hours of fun exploring this site and playing the addictive games.
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