FlyDigits

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Learning-based site needs more substance.

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Positive Messages

Encourages thinking about future careers and learning.

Violence
Sex
Language

The message boards aren't monitored, but activity is low, so they're clean.

Consumerism

Many of the prizes are gift cards to stores and restaurants, and some site avatars include corporate logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the site doesn't monitor or review message board posts. Registration requires a full name, street address, and email. Users select an avatar from images including animals, flowers, and rock stars. Kids are asked for the month and date of their birthday, which are kept private. Email addresses are also kept private and will only be used if kids request a new password or site news. Users under 13 are not supposed to enter contests. But the only age verification is a yes-or-no question for kids under 13 asking if their parents have given consent for them to participate.

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What's it about?

FLYDIGITS.COM says its goal is to enhance learning for students ages 11 to 15. The site features number-based and general message boards and contests that involve creativity. Prizes range from getting your character design on the site to gift cards. Users also can buy flyGear -- mostly store gift cards -- with flyDollars, which are earned by registering and participating in site activities.

Is it any good?

Making learning fun is a great goal, but the site falls short of what it promises. It's possible more content is on the way, but for now, there isn't much to see or do on FlyDigits.com. The career section features just one option -- jobs in numbers -- and the biggest amount of information is a chart of college-level classes to take. The After School section promises movie teasers, but the selection is disappointing. And almost all of the message board posts have no replies. The site's design makes finding the different activities pretty confusing. Although most of the sections have the same look, click on the Roll Call or Numbers Crunch buttons, and you jump to what looks like a completely different site with bright colors and a different site navigation.

FlyDigits.com does have one really cool feature: You can sign up for times to get online math help for free throughout the year. Unfortunately, that's easy to miss -- and without it, the site doesn't offer kids much information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why you would want your email address to be kept private. If your email address doesn't include your real name, why does privacy matter? Why could it be dangerous for your email address to be posted on a Web site?

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