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 colorful site is simple enough for younger users to find their way around, but there isn't a tremendous amount to do. Kids will find an activity or game or two in each section. Really tech-savvy kids may also be frustrated with the site’s navigation -- dors are opened using the space bar, and the arrow keys help avatars move around, which can be cumbersome.
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Is it any good?
At the time of review, the site was still adding content to make the world more robust, so it's hard to say whether a subscription is worth the money. Kids can choose the dinosaur type, name, and color for their avatar and play games -- many of which are environmentally themed -- all for free. Younger kids may also enjoy climbing up and down the site's ladders and levels. However, the free version doesn't include a lot of activities, and might not keep older kids interested for long (it’s probably best for kids in the 5- to 7-year-old range). The real incentive for shelling out the cash for a site subscription? Parental controls. You’re able to predetermine your kids’ playtime, chat options, and site profile. If you’re hesitant to sign up for six months or a year, there’s also an option to pay $4.25 to test the monthly plan out, which includes a 7-day free trial. But take note: Any plan you pick will renew automatically after you charge it to your credit card.
Online interaction: Kids have a lot of interactive options, including two kinds of chat, multiplayer games, a "movie theater" that they can watch and discuss remotely with a friend, a screenshot-sharing tool, and more. The site uses filters and monitors to keep it clean.