Common Sense Media says

Dinosaur-themed virtual world is fun, safe, and educational.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some of the games encourage cooperation to achieve a common goal.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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The store sells lots of prehistoric goodies from
dinosaurs to puzzles, so be prepared to either say "no" or open your
wallet when your kids start begging.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fun, safe virtual world teaches kids about prehistory and dinosaurs. Safety features include the Parents' Corner, a monitoring system that allows parents to keep close tabs on their children's "exploring." Chat is filtered to prevent foul or suggestive language, and parents can choose to allow free chat or limit it to a prewritten script.

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What's it about?

Developed by parents with dinosaur-loving children, DINOSAUR JUNCTION lets kids explore a rich virtual prehistoric world. Kids create an avatar and go on adventures like digging for bones, kayaking down rapids, or fighting off large insects. Registration is free, and gives your child the option of interacting with other kids and working towards common goals. An optional premium membership costs $5.95 a month, and includes additional features for kids and parents, such as insider secrets, homework tools, parent controls, alerts when child receives foul language warnings, and membership discounts at the Web site store.

Is it any good?


Dinosaur Junction is a great Web site for kids who love dinosaurs and for parents who want a safe, entertaining, educational experience for their kids. The games, which are both fun and smart, offer a variety of skill levels so they grow with your child -- or allow two kids of different ages to play together. Not only is the site heavily monitored, but parents can have full access to what, when, and how much their child is doing online.

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Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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