Habbo

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Foul talk and sexy chat rooms dominate virtual world.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 140 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Thoughtless chats. Lots of mean comments or pick-up lines.

Violence
Sex

Lots of inappropriate sexual banter and homophobic comments appear in the chat rooms ("I ain't Fred Flinestone but I can make your bed rock miss new booty"; "Wanna come to my place? It has a double bed.").

Language

Racist, sexist, and mean language slips through the filter in the chat rooms ("F--k u bitch" and "Fat f--k"). Everything from comments about animal cruelty ("I slapped a feral dog in the neck.") to rude, pointless comments directed at everyone ("there's a bunch of weird-ass people here.")

Consumerism

Ads appear each time you want to go into a new room, and some rooms are sponsored by companies such as Target or Sunkist. The endless ads and buying options can make anyone dizzy.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Avatars can ask for beers, but can't drink them. At least one "quest" encourages people to find a party tray and "drink up."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ads and foul, sexist, and homophobic language run thick on Habbo, a popular teen chat and gaming site. Avatars sling absolutely vulgar talk at each other in the public rooms, some of the more popular rooms being the "Sexy Singles Club" and "Love in this Club [beds]." Some chat rooms are locked. Moderators can reportedly ban users for hours, days, or even permanently for offenses. Teens buy Habbo Coins to pay for stuff to decorate their personal hotel room, play games, buy music, and more. The coins are $9.95 in real money for 60 coins. Users must pay to do almost anything engaging on the site (other than walking around and participating in chats), including most games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byxNe0nCray0nz March 8, 2010

Perfect for tweens and teens.

You know, our kids are gonna go out in the world not knowing anything that's goes on if they don't learn, The Sex is a little Problem but if u trust y... Continue reading
Adult Written byneopetsn November 28, 2015

Dangerous Virtual World that can Ruin Your Child

Habbo Hotel is a dangerous virtual world that will destroy your child's mind and any sense of morals and values. While this is true of many online chat roo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMeIsJenn July 5, 2009

If the kid using the site is mature then go ahead, let them.

It's not the sites fault for the laungage being used. There are "ignore" buttons for when people are cussing, fighting or being rude in general a... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old November 3, 2009

perfect for 15 and up

habbo is a place where you can make a virtual you, but the thing is that there is what too many bad language, too sexual, and too much drugs drinking and smokin...

What's it about?

HABBO.COM touts itself as a free virtual community where teens can design their own hotel room, participate in chats, play games, listen to music, and explore the Habbo world, all in a moderated, filtered environment. No one under 13 is allowed to use the site (although if you type in your age as 10 or 11, you're still able to sign up), and users under 18 are supposed to have parental assistance to register, according to site rules. Once registered with a birth date and email address, kids create their own avatar, choosing from fun options like bunny ears and purple hair to face shape and skin tone. The avatars then hang out in one of the many colorful and inviting virtual meeting areas. Helpful \"HabboX\" experts hang out, ready to lend a hand to newbies. The currency used on the site is called Habbo Coins -- which cost real money.

Is it any good?

It's hard to find redeeming qualities that explain the popularity of the online gaming community Habbo, which claims to "improve social skills and creativity," other than the fact that it admits that the content here "may not be appropriate for all ages." That's an understatement. There's vulgar, sexual, mean, and racist talk ("ur mom is sukin me now," "Shiite," and the "N" word, for example) that gets through the safeguards. Users purposely misspell words to get them through the filters. And the overabundance of ads popping up every time you enter a new area makes it nearly impossible to get anywhere without the implantation of buying messages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety in virtual worlds. This site is popular with teens, but does this site constitute safe Internet use for your teen? What kind of information should be off limits, and what's OK to tell people?

  • Families can also discuss consumerism in virtual worlds. What are users really getting in return for their cash by buying pretend stuff in this pseudo-world?

Website details

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