HubWorld

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Some fun, lots of ads on TV network's fan site.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written byklue January 9, 2011

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. EVE... Continue reading
Adult Written byAshtonJean May 25, 2015

Rated 2

Is Family Fun For All Kids
Kid, 8 years old January 3, 2011

Good for all ages.

I think it is a good educational website.
Kid, 9 years old December 30, 2010

Is it any good?

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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