Fantage

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 305 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Many of the site's features focus on shopping. On the plus side, the site encourages users to be respectful of each other, and rude behavior won't be tolerated.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language

Chat is filtered, and users are warned or banned if they try to curse.

Consumerism

The site's virtual currency can be used to buy clothing, furniture, and accessories for an avatar. Some items can be purchased with stars, which can be earned playing games. Others require eCoins, which can be purchased with real money. Extra features are available to premium members, who pay $5.99 per month. There are no ads on the site.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this popular virtual world for tweens has strong safety features that prevent users from sharing personal information, including several options for chatting. Many of the site's activities center on shopping or fashion, but there are no ads.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 year old Written byrsbrandt March 24, 2011
As a parent it annoys me greatly that there are strong distinctions between members and nonmembers. There is constant pressure to join and reminders of what yo... Continue reading
Adult Written bymagsgma January 1, 2012

Mixed age groups. Beware that younger children may be subjected to manipulation and control issues (bullying).

I observed my granddaughter using this a couple of times. I think that the drama in the "rooms" is not appropriate for her age. (6 y/o) I was disappoi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byReflection March 11, 2014

Old Fantage was better.

In my opinion, old Fantage was a billion times better then current fantage. In old fantage, everyone was equal and didn't require membership to have fun. N... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bywinter54389 June 16, 2015

Some issues

I've been playing fantage for a couple of years now and surprisingly still play it, but what I've noticed as I've played awhile is the obvious di... Continue reading

Is it any good?

FANTAGE is a richly designed -- and densely populated -- virtual world where tweens cruise around castles, forests, and cities on rocket boards. Although it's nicely animated and easy to navigate, Fantage doesn't stray far from the standard social world formula. Games are simple, but fun, and they're built into the scenery -- along with some surprises -- making for a high level of interactivity. Users can also complete larger quests to earn special items, and the Fantage blog keeps residents posted on new developments, events, and missions -- meaning that this virtual world is constantly growing and changing.

Online interaction: There's lots of interaction, but it's safe, friendly, and closely monitored. The site has filtered chat (no profanity or personal info) and safe chat (scripted phrases only). Users can IM each other and request buddies, as well as block certain users.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety in virtual worlds. What information is OK to share online, and what's off limits? You can also discuss how to apply the social skills you learn in the virtual world to life offline: How would you approach a new friend? What would you do if someone was bothering you?

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