FunNugget

 
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Mostly OK games with a few off-site links and iffy videos.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

There are a number of violent action games that are accessible through the site, some are animated and tend toward the silly while others are more realistic, graphic and bloody. The particularly violent ones are flagged with warnings and indicate that they are rated over 13. Still, there are no controls available to keep users from playing these games.

Sexy stuff

As users make their way through the games, there are some website links parents may find questionable. Games played on outside links also may have ad images that pop up periodically, including those that use scantily clad women to attract attention.

Language
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Consumerism

Each game is sponsored, and when users click on the game, a sponsor pop-up appears. The brief ad runs automatically, and occasionally (but not often) there is a “skip ad” button that can be clicked. Sponsors range from online game creators and gaming manufacturers (XBOX) to cell phones (Nexus One) to cable stations (Disney XD) and food products (Pillsbury, Reese’s). Many games link to outside sites where not-so-kid-friendly advertising is prevalent and more adult-oriented gaming fare is linkable. Banner ads and Google-sponsored ads are on every page of the site and are visible even when users are playing their selected game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this colorful gaming portal offers a window into a world of many online games, some created by Animax, the site’s creator, and others that are linkable outside of the site. By aggregating many games and allowing users to rank them in popularity, the site lets visitors see an array of options all in one place. This self-proclaimed family-friendly site does have a wide array of colorful, adorably animated games that showcase some creative animation and amusing game concepts that school-aged children will enjoy. There are, however, a significant number of games that can be accessed outside of the site and that feature less family-friendly fare -- in their games and their ads -- and parents should use caution when letting younger children explore the site.

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There are definitely benefits to having a site that does some of the work for parents by providing suggestions for online games that are suitable for kids. FUNNUGGET does just that. It collects and sorts online games from a variety of sources so users can easily peruse from the pickings offered there. Categories include puzzles, action and dress-up games, and the entire collection can be sorted alphabetically. Or, they can be sorted by rating, which puts the most highly enjoyed games (as rated by players) at the top of the list. Games on this site run the gamut from simple and cute animated frolics to darker, bloody action adventures, though the majority tend toward the lighter, less violent variety and are quite creative (play in a “One Man Band,” dress up an “Emo Gingerbread Man” or play an animated version of tic tac toe). There also is a collection of videos available for viewing, which includes some YouTube clips and relatively random animated shorts and clips. Kids and parents who want to find fun new games to try would do well to start their journey here, but may want to tread more cautiously as they link to outside sites.

Families can talk about...

  • How games can teach things to kids. What types of games are educational but don’t feel like they are? What are some favorite games that are both entertaining and educational? What do they teach?

  • Why it’s important to limit how much time is spent in front of a computer screen.

  • How it’s important to be cautious about where you click and where you go when you’re online. Even if you’re on a website that is supposed to be all about fun, there are still some safety tips you should remember.

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Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byJess277 January 26, 2010
 

No young kids please

Common games on this platform. Some violent games as well. Would not recommend for young kids!
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