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Friv

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Learning(i)

Kid-friendly game site could use more educational stuff.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

One game involves a women-owned business; others can help kids learn about responsibility and time management -- and encourage them to set and reach goals within the game.

Violence & scariness

Some games involve ghosts and magic. Guns aren't a major part of the site, but ships shoot at each other using cannons, and a zombie game encourages users to kill and infect humans -- but it's relatively gore-free.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

You may see the name of the site that created the game before you play it, but there aren't nearly as many ads as most game sites. Games aren't preceded by ads, and the site isn't filled with them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the games on Friv are from other sites, links to other areas on those sites are disabled, so kids should stay on Friv.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • following directions

Math

  • arithmetic
  • estimation

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • logic

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

There's plenty to interest kids on the site with dozens of fun, free games without tons of pop-up ads. However, the content is sparse, with almost no text and tiny images for game links.

Learning Approach

Some games touch on concepts like math, logic, reading, time management, and goal-setting. But the lessons aren't illustrated well. It's often unclear what's being taught or practiced, and kids won't walk away with a ton of new knowledge.

Support

Kids could benefit from more descriptive and consistent instructions and content explaining the games' intent. Currently, there isn't much to extend learning. Lessons aren't always clear, and there isn't much to guide you through the site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • following directions

Math

  • arithmetic
  • estimation

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • logic

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Kids can learn about math skills like addition and subtraction -- along with logic, reading, time management, and goal-setting skills. But the lessons aren't always clear because games often don't explain what's being taught or practiced. Game instructions are also hit or miss; some are nonexistent. Kids probably won't walk away with a ton of new knowledge, but there's plenty to interest them on the site -- the games are fun, plentiful, and seem to be generally safe. Friv could benefit from clearer, more consistent playing instructions and content explaining what both the site and its games are about.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

What's it about?

FRIV offers dozens of free games -- which are generally fine for kids to play -- without tons of pop-up ads or commercials. Site content is sparse; game names appear when you scroll over each image on the homepage, but there isn't much else to help guide you through the site. The games come from other providers, so quality and instructions can be inconsistent. However, Friv appears to have disabled any links to additional games or other items on each offering, so kids shouldn't end up accessing something totally inappropriate after playing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The most information you'll find about FRIV is a search engine description that says it's "a safe place to play the very best free games." The site itself contains almost no text -- the homepage is comprised of dozens of tiny images that link to games users can play. The lack of written information may initially seem suspect, particularly because game sites, due to violent or otherwise inappropriate content, can often be a concern. However, Friv's selections are mostly safe. Some games can be a little confusing to figure out; clearer instructions would help. It'd also be great to see more games that encourage kids to use logic and reasoning to solve puzzles and advance levels -- offering a bonus bit of education when kids are getting their game fix.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how much time you should spend on playing games online -- and how much time you should spend playing offline. Check out our guide on how to set screen rules that stick to determine gaming time limits.

  • Friv's games are fairly tame, but some game sites contain items that are meant for adults, not kids. How can you tell if a site has safe games -- or if you shouldn't be playing them?

  • A lot of video and online games contain violence, like shooting or blowing things up. That may seem OK in a virtual world, but it’s not OK in the real world. Talk about how you can resolve disputes peacefully in real life. When you argue with someone, why is violence the last thing you should ever use to try and settle the issue?

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written byemitige90 January 19, 2013

Frivrules

I love friv1!!!!!!
Kid, 12 years old January 26, 2013
LEARNING

Friv games!

This is a really fun website, i found it a while ago. There's also a a educational version called friv4school that i sometimes play at school. Also common sense media i would like to add to the violence. I found a secret. If you go on at midnight, it comes up with a button with a moon, click on it and there will be late night games and they have violent games for adults, so don't let your kids play at night. It's very hard to find games on their website, why can't they add a search bar or categories!? It needs to be improved. Otherwise, Fun games, should add more than 250. There's a lot of secret games on here. :)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bycaramelpuppy October 12, 2013

Pretty awful

I agree with the other posts here. It's a pain to navigate. I had this favourite game, i wanted to play it again and i could NEVER find it. There are other gamesites better than this. Girlsgogames, Kizi, etc. The late-night games are also true. Make sure your computer clock is right.. These games are meant for adults. I saw a bunch of killing games, nudity, is this really for kids? However, Some of the games are quite fun, and kids are always playing this at school as other game sites that now have social features are now blocked. CSM, please stop complaining. Kids get online to escape from school. Not to learn more. You should really look into this site more before making a false review. There's even a educational version called Friv4school.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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