FashionFantasyGame

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Fashion business how-to game for teens and up.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language

The site's pretty clean, but it's not constantly moderated, so swear words could slip through.

Consumerism

Ads for other Web sites are featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGirlPowerDad February 27, 2011

Too much emphasis on body image. Not OK for tweens or younger.

Not educational at all. Promotes consumerism. Too much emphasis on body image.
Parent of a 6 and 15 year old Written byDOLLY18 February 11, 2011
Kid, 10 years old June 22, 2011

fashion fantasy

I love this game it is the best!
Teen, 13 years old Written byantilumi bunnyson December 7, 2011

awesome

this game is awesome.

What's it about?

FASHIONFANTASYGAME.COM is the brainchild of Nancy Ganz, who created slimming women's undergarments in the '90s and more recently introduced R. Lilly Tuckerwear, Lycra clothing designed for tweens. Designed to foster self-esteem and educate girls about business concepts, the site lets girls pretend to be a fashion designer/shopper or store owner/shopper (users select an option when registering). Fashion designers create and sell clothes. Store owners select a store location and name and decorate their shop, pay rent, and buy clothes from designers using Fashion Bucks, the site's currency. Additional bucks can be bought with a parent's credit card.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to check with a parent before using your mom or dad's credit card to purchase something online. Why would your parents need to know what you're buying? And why could it be dangerous to give out a credit card number? Families can also discuss why some Web sites have age limits. What's the purpose of those limits? Do they work?

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