Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.
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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

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


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
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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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 you can and can't do and have. About the only thing good I can say is that it is providing a great example of unfair treatment as has happened with class or skin color. I'm sure someone will say "lighten up", but I think it's a lousy message. But rather than ban it I have allowed my daughter to play, but have made clear that membership is out of the question. Frankly it's not a bad way to teach how the world goes sometimes!
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. Now, fantage admins barley read your comments when you post one to them. Almost EVERYTHING in current fantage is membership only and the memberships are quiet expensive. In old fantage, a ton of stuff was like, 10 stars and if you had 1,000 stars, you would be considered rich. Now, to be considered rich, you'd have to have over a million stars. This is really irritating me, but in current Fantage, these users hold "Family tryouts" and pretend to be like, 1 year old. Also, some desperate people say these stuff like, "One needed" or, "If you think i'm cute, my place." They even kiss or have s-x in public! Also, in old fantage, houses, clothing, etc were like, close to 100-500 stars and now, most of them are over 1000-2500 stars. Everything is much tougher to buy. And Trade n Sell-I know it closed down, but there has been a hell ton of scammers when this place opened. People have been double trading and saying they will give you something else, but if you accept they usualy run away with your item! This new dumb thing called "Lucky" Bot. It is such a waste of ecoins. It costs 900 ecoins to spin and non mems will feel left out. If you are a non, for e.g, and it took you nearly 3 months saving up ecoins and give the lucky bot a spin, you will mostly just get ugly furniture. And this "megaphone" thing. It sucks. You can't choose what to say and costs 200 ecoins to post a puny message up. I'd rather come to school bare naked. The mesage only shows for a whooping 3 seconds and then it dissapears forever. Emoticons. They copied the Facebook emoticon page. People have been saying these, Family tryouts so much that Fantage even made a hairy deal out of it. They make some emoticons of baby animals and stuff and on the top says text that says, "Family Tryouts, my place" Cussing. Very young children also play this game and other users probably don't care. They find different ways to say bad things. If you are going to say r-pe they say as Raupe. Some dumb kids playing this game say things they think are funny to users who might really be 6-7 like, "Hey, can i come to your house and check your mommy?" While dressing up in riduculous costumes. Very lazy spelling. Some young people might think how a word spelt incorrectly is really a correct word. For e.g: This lazy kid comes and says, "Hey thr. Whtz uhp? Wanna cm to mai plc?" And a 7 year old kid thinks every word in his sentance is spelt correctly. I miss the old fantage. If you have played during 2007 Beta-2010, you will see what i mean. ;(
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 8 year old Written byfantage_sucks December 25, 2010

no control over letting children buy stuff and charge it to your credit card

I registered my 8 yo daughter for the premium membership. The next day I had an additional charge of $10 she does not know how she got. They should not allow an 8 year old to charge anything to a credit card. When I wrote to complaint they said that my daughter would not be allowed to use the site if they had to return my money. Nice customer service. Yesterday my account was charged for the monthly fee and today I can't not login. No phone number and technical support...well, I'm waiting for their reply.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism


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