Dora Links

Common Sense Media says

Grown-up Dora doll mixes social responsibility with fashion.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dora and friends solve mysteries that usually have a social responsibility theme. Volunteerism, water conservation, and recycling all are discussed and the girls can be seen organizing a beach clean-up, volunteering at an animal shelter, and planting community gardens. The five main characters each are shown to like different things, such as sports, science, reading, and music.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In order to unlock some locations in Dora's world, users need to purchase additional accessories, fashion packs, or dolls.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information is collected by the site or the online game.

There are no parental controls set up, probably because the site is designed to be safe for young children. In the "Help" field, users are asked to visit the Dora Links Web site with their parents to learn more about features that require additional purchases.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dora Links is a $59.99 13-inch Dora the Explorer doll that connects to a PC's USB port and interacts with the companion Web site, lighting up at different moments and speaking at others. The doll is also a receiver for updated games and additional mysteries, as even when it is not attached to the computer, the Dora Links doll can let users know when new features have been added. Some of the Web features are "locked" and require an in-game purchase (with real money) for access. You don't have to buy them to enjoy the game, but kids might ask for them.

Dora Links has grown up a bit from her preschool adventures, and today is a chic tween. Her animal buddies have been replace by a band of girlfriends who go on socially-concious challenges with her.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although the feisty little tomboy Dora the Explorer has morphed into a bit of a fashionista, there is a lot to love about the more mature Nickelodeon character. Because of the doll's ability to receive updates via the Internet, this toy is relatively a good value, although it does carry an initially steep price tag -- and you'll have to decide whether you'll want to shell out additional money for in-game purchases. The online adventures take place in the plush Mexican landscape of a fictional town called Puerto Verde. Here there is a lot to do and kids will find no shortage of stops to explore, like the beach, town square, and school. Kids can play with Dora and her friends here, solving mysteries, and chipping in for the community. The site lacks online interaction with other users, a feature kids might not be happy about, but parents might appreciate.

Online interaction: Young users can interact with fictional Dora characters, but there is no way to chat or communicate with other players.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the new Dora has changed. Do you like the new look of this familiar character or do you miss the little girl that she used to be? Do you think it makes sense for a character to grow up with her fans?

  • Families can talk about gender stereotypes. The younger Dora was interested in animals and always wore the same clothes. Today's older Dora has many different outfits and lots of fashion accessories, from jewelry to headbands. Do most girls become more interested in fashion and appearance as they get older? Is this a good or bad thing?

  • Families can talk about setting screen time limits. This is a game that is designed to lead you to solve mysteries and explore a content-rich online world. Do you think it is more difficult to leave cyberspace when there are this many fun things to do online? Does it make it more difficult when the Dora doll alerts you to new online features that have just been added?

  • Families can talk about learning to handle money responsibly. In this interactive world, you can earn virtual cash. Because it is easy to earn this pretend money, does it make spending it easier?

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysuper movie reviewer January 10, 2010
AGE
4
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are u kidding me?!!!!

are u kidding me?!!!!!!!!! A grown up dora for older kids?!!! Wasnt one dora enough?!
Kid, 11 years old October 30, 2009
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7
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I think they expect 11 year olds to like Dora!

Only little kids will like this!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old November 5, 2009
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

good for kids

good for every kid who wants to learn.
What other families should know
Educational value

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