Faketown

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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This unmonitored online world has real problems.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

This site is supposed to be a "synthetic world" where users buy, sell, and trade virtual products, including houses that they can design and "build." Tools to build stuff are free, but once you want to save them on the site, you have to pay with "fake coins" using a real credit card.

Violence

This site isn't monitored for content. One user created an avatar-type image of "my ex-girlfriend" with wounds and blood streaming down her face.

Sex

At registration, users can choose from a man or woman avatar -- who are completely naked and anatomically correct. Users can buy and sell stuff, including real photos of girls in bras, posing suggestively. One user asked if another had a photo with "no bra...I'd prefer naked." Sexual language bantered about as well.

Language

Swearing and rude, sexual language. For example, "Come to da booty house and get some p---y."

Consumerism

Besides buying the fake coins with real dollars, this site is loaded with professional music videos and people hyping their stuff.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None observed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that users "self-govern" this unmonitored virtual world and social networking site, but it doesn't seem like anyone's governing anything in this sexually charged and confusing town. Not to mention, users can post anything about themselves -- including full name and age, as well as photos -- and if they don't restrict their profiles, everything is available to everyone. While creating, buying, and selling virtual products may be an educational exercise in business skills, members use real money to buy online coins.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byok1000555 April 26, 2009

i cant get into it

it keeps saying you need pass but it wont work
Parent of a 9 year old Written byAlexandraT2000 March 2, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written byAsh Carter May 7, 2010

Banned

This site was banned for sexual explict and language. I'm not gonna miss it.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymesa12 July 16, 2010

Awesome website

I think it is absolutly amazing for the children

What's it about?

In the virtual world of FAKETOWN.COM, you choose where to live, \"buy\" a plot of land, create your own home, buy and sell items with community members, and even run for mayor -- all this just by using a free animation tool and uploading photos and songs for free (until you want to save them, that is).

Is it any good?

The premise may sound like educational fun, but the reality of this unmonitored site is a cluttered landscape with loud music videos, as well as some rude language, suggestive photos, and senseless consumerism. And, it may be confusing for teens that this site uses a mix of avatar-style graphics and real-life video and photos. Parents should spend some time in this fake community before deciding to give some real money to their teen to "live" here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety on social networking sites and why a site might not be so safe for young teens even though they're allowed to use it. Our Top Ten Tips for Kids for Viral Media is a great resource, but these questions should get the conversation started: What information should you include in your profile, and what should you leave out? What can you do if you feel like someone is bullying you or wants to meet you in person?

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