Game Wing

 
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Fun, free, pre-screened games with nothing too extreme.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site's games are safe for kids to play, and some can help kids improve math and verbal skills.

Violence & scariness

Although some games do involve shooting people and minor blood, games with excessive violence (tons of blood, guts, and body parts flying across the screen) aren't allowed on the site.

Sexy stuff

The site has a few dress-up games that feature women in underwear, but promises its games will show no more exposed skin than you’d see at the beach.

Language

Users are told not to use bad language in comments or user names.

Consumerism

The site has some Yahoo text ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You don't have to register to use the site and don't have to provide any personal information. However, once you post a comment, your user name is visible -- and other users can email you using the site's internal email system.

Parents aren't given any specific notification when kids register and also aren't given any special way to monitor their account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the site administrators screen the games that appear on the site for inappropriate content. However, the site also includes a disclaimer that it is not responsible for links to other sites that may contain questionable material.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

GAME WING was started in 2004 by an elementary school computer teacher who was tired of trying to prevent kids from accessing gory games during summer camp. The site achieves its goal of being a go-to place for safe games -- all games are prescreened for violence, nudity, and other inappropriate content, and most appear within the site's browser window, so kids hopefully won't end up on another, less monitored site. The site's games are safe -- but that doesn't mean they’re boring. Kids can access hundreds of games on Game Wing, ranging from ones that test their math skills to sports games to shoot-'em-up adventures that (thankfully) don't feature buckets of blood. The site provides a nice middle ground for kids who want to play online games and parents who are worried about what they'll stumble across in the process.

Online interaction: Registered users can send private messages to other registered users.

Families can talk about...

  • Why online games are fun -- but why some may not be OK for kids to play. What kind of things should you look out for when you are looking for new games?

  • If you visit a site that says it's safe for kids to use, but you click on a link on that site that takes you to another site, is the information on that site OK, too?

  • Online game sites often feature games that can take a lot of time to play. How much time should you be spending playing video or online games? How can you control the amount of time you spend playing?

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 8 years old January 26, 2011
 
love it
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Great messages
Parent of a 8 year old Written byjuliet345050 January 21, 2011
 
love it!
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