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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the site's "rulz" insist that no swearing, bullying, or personal information is allowed, the site isn't monitored 24-7. But moderators check in from time to time, and violations can be reported to the site. Girls can also invite friends to join and send messages to each other using the site's email system. The site requires an email address to register, and although users are supposed to be 13 or older, there's no age verification during registration. Basic membership is free, but VIP membership -- which includes access to virtual fashion shows, $30,000 in the site's virtual currency, and special virtual jewelry, hats, and handbags -- costs $30 for six months.
Is It Any Good?
The site's frequent use of pop-up windows is a little annoying. But the concept is clever: Give girls a taste of the business world via a fun game. And the site covers some impressive topics, including accounting (store owners track what they make and spend) and marketing, which girls are encouraged to do by buying fashion magazine ad space. Encouraging users to buy more Fashion Bucks and pay for VIP memberships that don't seem to offer many benefits is a little weird. But everyone has plenty of virtual money to keep making, selling, and buying virtual skirts, dresses, and tops, so the sales pitch can easily be ignored. And, unlike mindless dress-up games, FashionFantasyGame.com offers some learning: It's a virtual fashion-industry internship for tweens.
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