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Franktown Rocks

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Music and social networking combine in safe, cool hangout.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn what music appreciation is all about: really appreciating music that they already like! They'll learn that it takes patience and quick hands to play an instrument by playing games, as well as cultivating their own taste in music by choosing songs to listen to while they're exploring the town  and its offerings. The social media aspect of Franktown Rocks should help kids learn to communicate with their peers about a common interest: music. After mastering some Franktown Rocks games, kids may express interest in giving the real instruments a try.

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to explore music genres and meet online friends in a safe, educational setting based on G-rated, contemporary music.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Chatting can be done via safe, pre-selected words or free entry, and site terms indicate that content is monitored "by humans and electronically."

Consumerism

Premium, pay-for memberships to the site are advertised (although it can be used for free). Kids can trade in "Franks" (earned through playing games or bought by parents via credit card) to purchase songs and other virtual items for their Franktown character.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this highly regarded site creates a safe spot for kids to listen to hip music -- all pre-screened by parents. With games, videos, and a virtual world to explore, and an emphasis on music appreciation, it's a sweet-sounding mix of what kids want in music and what parents want online -- safety and education.

What's it about?

Tweens who love music will love FRANKTOWN ROCKS, a social networking site that encourages kids to meet friends and learn about music through an eclectic but tween-pleasing G-rated collection of songs, games, videos, and virtual-world play. It's free unless you want to buy a Premium membership for better streaming, suped-up music choices, and other features (99 cents for a two-day pass, $5.99/mo.). You can also buy online money called Franks, which are used to purchase songs and other items in Franktown (but Franks can also be earned by playing games on the site for free).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Praised by Parents magazine as one of the "best of the next generation" of junior social networks, this site is safe, educational, and a crowd-pleaser. While some of the videos posted are kind of choppy and dull and the games could be more challenging, it's not really about the games and videos here. The Franktown virtual world is cute and safe. Yet the music selection is the big draw -- hip enough to grab tweens' attention while diverse enough to sprinkle in some encouraging music appreciation lessons.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about digital music creation. See our Parent Advice on Creating with Digital Media. You can also review our Club Penguin Tips for advice on navigating virtual worlds.

  • Whenever social networking is involved make sure kids know how to behave responsibly online. Check out our Social Networking Tips for a refresher.

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Arts: improvising and music analysis, music, rhythm
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Creativity: combining knowledge
Communication: friendship building, listening
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
Self-Direction: motivation, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: memorization, strategy
Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bysaetern1 March 24, 2010

How good it is.

It has a mebership and paly a lot of good game on it. from, justin
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written bylee_driver February 17, 2010

Cute, fun musical world for 8 and up

Very cute, fun world, and it seems very safe. Love that they've got some music education fun in there, too.
Kid, 12 years old April 6, 2011

WOW!

Nice, it combines gaming with my favourite... music!
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