HubWorld

 
Some fun, lots of ads on TV network's fan site.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Playing board games with your family as a way to learn analytical and educational skills is one positive message here. Getting bombarded by ads? Not so positive.

Violence

A few battle action-heavy Hub TV shows, like G.I. Joe Renegades and Transformers Prime, have episodes or clips kids can watch on the site. There's also an entire section of online games here called "Blasting" games:  "Get hit by three bombs and the mission is over."

Sex

The Jem and the Holograms show sometimes has flirtatious scenes and cat fights over men between stereotypical characters and scantily clad, heavily made-up female characters.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Hub TV network is owned by toymaker Hasbro Inc. and Discovery Communications. With that in mind, it's difficult to overemphasize that the site is ad heavy (you have to watch an ad before entering every game, for example). Almost all of the characters in the shows, as well as the games in the game shows, such as Pictureka!, and the online games themselves, are all like built-in product placement ads for the Hub network and for Hasbro toys. The new Club Hub features "Club Bucks" for kids to buy online virtual "stuff" for their Club Hub rooms.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. To join the site's Club Hub, kids need to register with a username (they can use a computer generated one), gender, date of birth, and password. The rules say kids under 13 need to provide a parent's email address and parents need to give online permission to join. But in a recent test registration, a child under 13 registered without being prompted to enter a parent's email address and, as a result, no parental approval was needed. The site's privacy policy discloses the use of cookies and other tracking tools to gather information about users' browsing behavior. There will be online communities in the new Club Hub.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that HubWorld.com is very heavily ad-, brand-, and character-driven. The Hub network is owned by Hasbro Inc. and Discovery Communications and often seems a bit overly promotional, kind of like one big ongoing ad for their toys and games. There are some sweet, harmless shows here like My Little Pony and Family Game Night; others like The Haunting Hour and G.I. Joe may be objectionable to some parents. Most of the games are fun, and a few even have some real educational value.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Despite the constant ads, there's some fun here in the handful of quality games and some cute videos on HubWorld.com. If your kids like the shows on The Hub network, they'll like this site. A big question remains whether the new Club Hub -- where kids can register, get an online  "room," earn points, and join online communities (currently in beta) -- will have age-appropriate controls and be more than just an in-training shopping mall for its parent companies. If so, this may become a fine place for Hub show fans to hang out occasionally and enjoy.

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Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 8 years old January 3, 2011
age 8+
 

Good for all ages.

I think it is a good educational website.
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 2 year old Written byklue January 9, 2011
age 2+
 

HUBS SUCKS WANT DK BACK MORE EDUCATIONAL

I THINK HUB SHOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN ALL THE EDUCATIONAL SHOWS OFF THE AIR FROM DISCOVERY KIDS. WE NEED BIG FOOT AND WILBUR HIP HOP HARRY AND PAZ BACK ON TV. EVEN BINI THE JUNGLE GIRL AND SOME OTHER SHOWS OTHER MOTHERS SPOKE TO ME ABOUT I THINK THERE WAS TRADING SPACES AND SOME OTHER SHOWS AS WELL. ALL EDUCATIONAL. I THINK HUB JUSTWANTS TO SELL TOYS AND GAMES DOESNT CARE OF ABOUT EDUCATION. ITS UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE I AM A HUGE TRANSFORMER FAN FROM WHEN I WAS A KID BUT I AM SO DISSAPPOINTED IN HUB FOR TAKEN EVERYTHING EDUCATIONAL ON TV OFF. SO GO OUT AND GET YOUR POUND PUPPIES OR YOUR HASBRO BOARD GAMES BUT MY SON IS SO NOT INTERESTED IN ANY OF YOUR SHOWS EXCEPT TRANSFORMERS AND SINCE DK WAS TAKEN OFF I DONT KNOW ONE MOTHER WITHIN 25 MILES THAT I KNOW EVEN BOTHERS TO PUT CHANNEL 120 IF U R A CABLEVISION USER ON THEIR TVS ANYMORE. I THINK HUIB SHOULD BE CANCELED AND DK PUT BACK ON
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old December 30, 2010
age 8+
 

For Older Kids Of Ages 8+ And Up

My Arcade Website
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Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages

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