Dinosawus

Common Sense Media says

Virtual world fun for younger kids, better for paid members.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The limited interaction and kid-friendly games help reinforce the importance of polite online interaction.

Violence & scariness

Many of the games involve shooting things, creatures, or other avatars with a variety of ammunition. All of these encounters, however, feature cartoonish violence and nothing graphic or frightening.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No outside advertising or products mentioned here, but there are incentives and opportunities to upgrade to a paid Dinosawus membership at every turn. The site uses its own currency (credits), and members get additional credits for games they play, so they’re more able to buy items within the site. Paid members are able to unlock a large number of games, features, and special members-only items such as jet packs, hairstyles, and special weapons for a game called gunge.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To access the website, users must create a unique “secret identity” using a combination of predetermined words and a personal password, and no personal information is shared.

Users cannot upgrade to a paid membership without a parent’s permission (and credit card, of course!).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this safe virtual world is similar in many ways to the very popular Club Penguin -- but with dinosaurs! -- and re-creates some of the features found there. Colorful and engaging, Dinosawus.com is a simple site that lets kids create a customizable dino avatar, tour different areas, play games and puzzles, color, and chat (safely) with others using limited, pre-scripted words. It has its own currency, which can be earned through games and spent on various items such as avatar clothes, accessories, etc. Although many of the activities and games are free, many more are only unlocked and accessible with a paid membership.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Created in New Zealand, DINOSAWUS.COM leverages kids’ fascination with dinosaurs to provide a virtual world full of cute, colorful dinosaurs and a variety of places to explore, including a Dino Market, a forest, and a submarine. A safe chat feature allows personalized dinosaur avatars to interact using a short list of pre-scripted statements. The graphics are cute and engaging, there are interesting places to explore, and the games can be fun. Younger visitors will find a lot to love and much to do, but those who aren’t paid members may become frustrated with the number of things they aren’t allowed to do unless they pay.

Online interaction: As with all websites (even the safe ones) that feature social networking, users run the risk of being snubbed by other avatars. Visitors can chat using only combinations from a list of pre-selected words.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it’s fun to play online, create characters

  • (avatars), and have online conversations. What is an avatar? How do

  • avatars make learning fun?

  • Why is it important to learn early on how to use the Internet and social networking tools safely? What can you do to stay safe online?

  • How does communicating through a website help us learn to communicate in person? What things are important to remember when you’re communicating – either in person or online?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytangled May 29, 2010
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8
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I dont know what to say when you say that it is just like club penguin. Face it. Most virtual worlds are club penguin wanna-bes (but sometimes, they turn out to be even better.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byHizBabyGurl4ever September 18, 2009
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
My little sister who is 6 loves it. lol she cant stop playing it at home and school.

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