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Promoting healthy habits and being responsible is definitely the goal here, although kids can roll their eyes or show an angry face to other users in HandiLand.
Violence & Scariness
No violence here, though some Cool Cat costumes offer weapon props (swords, knife claws, nunchucks).
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Preset chat phrases, so no bad stuff gets through.
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Products & Purchases
Keys ($1-$20 in real cash) to unlock HandiLand stuff are for sale on the site and link to Amazon to buy and some ads will appear on printed charts. HandiPoints are earned to buy real stuff (CDs, toys, iPods) through the site; Bonus Points are used to buy virtual stuff (clothes for an avatar, furniture).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site's purpose is to help families create task charts as well as track and reward kids for doing their chores or doing something positive like not using bad language. Parents can join for free with a username, password, first/last name, and email; kid accounts only require a name for their "cool cat" avatar and a password. Kids input their progress and receive two kinds of points: HandiPoints (saved to buy stuff in the real world) and Bonus Points (used in HandiLand, the site's virtual world). The chat feature uses preset phrases so kids are unlikely to be snubbed via chat, but like in any virtual world, kids can be mean by simply ignoring another user. Keys ($1-$20) to unlock HandiLand stuff are for sale from Amazon; some ads will appear on printed charts.
Is It Any Good?
If your family is up for using all its bells and whistles, both you and your kids will really get into logging progress with chores online and earning points at HandiPoints.com. The site provides loads of ideas and is extremely easy to use, which makes wanting to come back really inviting. The level of customization is probably the best feature: The process can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Want to choose from the site's list of chores? Want tasks to be daily, weekly, or just once? No problem. And, parents have the option to grade a completed task if they want kids to only earn a fraction of its worth (this is where quality versus quantity comes into play). HandiPoints.com is also well designed with loads of charming graphics and features kids will love -- from the games to the colorful virtual world. One thing: Using the tools on a daily basis is only practical if all family members are online everyday (you can go back one week if needed). So if you're low on time, you may want to skip the whole tracking, grading, and virtual world thing as the task chart feature is worthy in itself.
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