A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Thoughtless chats. Lots of mean comments or pick-up lines.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.").
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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.")
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Products & Purchases
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."
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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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Habbo.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.