Garden Party World

Common Sense Media says

Green virtual world needs better instructions to take root.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Garden Party aims to be a place where kids can play and socialize in harmony.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Usernames are chosen from a list of predetermined names, and a filter blocks bad words before they're posted in chats.

Consumerism

A paid VIG (very important gardener) membership offers additional outfits, prizes, plants, and other items.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

According to the site's privacy policy, third-party companies aren't allowed to solicit or advertise to users.

Kids are asked to submit a parent's email address when registering.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that to register for Garden Party, kids do not have
the option of using their real name -- they choose a username from a
list -- and according to the site terms, the site is continuously
monitored by moderators. Kids are asked to submit a parent's email
address when registering and parents are notified. Free and paid
memberships are offered.

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QUALITY
 

Kids plant and water seeds and recycle unwanted plants in a compost bin
in the virtual GARDEN PARTY world, which can help teach them about
responsibility and being green. Garden Party also has an admirably safe,
filtered chat function -- plus different areas of the world load
quickly, so it's easy to travel from place to place.

The
downside? Walking around is a breeze, but participating in site
activities isn't always quite as simple. An owl character offers some
help in each section -- but kids may still be confused. For example, to
fish in the Lazy Lagoon you'll need a duck costume -- which isn't
particularly easy to find or purchase.

Spend some time on the
site and it's clear that to really join the party, you may need to rack
up a bunch of orbs -- the site currency, which can be earned playing
games and completing other activities -- or buy a VIG membership, which
costs $5.95 for one month or $49.95 for a year.

Online interaction: During registration, users can opt to either chat using the site's
filter function or not have access to chatting at all. Users can also
message each other via an IM function or by sending mail through the
site.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what things they currently do to be green -- and

  • what additional things they might be able to do to help the

  • environment. What other things can you recycle, plant, or do to be greener?

  • The site encourages you to plant and care for seeds. How can caring for a

  • pet or plant make you more responsible? What kind of things do you need

  • to do to take care of a living thing?

  • What makes virtual worlds seem so fun? Is chatting one of your favorite

  • things to do on the site? What things have you noticed about this site's

  • chatting function that makes connecting with other kids a little safer?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byheronprivet July 10, 2014
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

gardenparty world

I think it is getting compressed we can't use number and promo codes are not available and some people copy costumes I don't know how but I dont like hack garden party world should should band them
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byAzulura April 12, 2014
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Horrible

They IP banned me for an honest mistake, and then whenever I email them to explain to them, they don't answer. I mean, I didn't know. The game was good, but the moderators suck.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old September 10, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Perfect for children above age 6

Garden Party World is a fun virtual world paacked with greatness!

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