IMVU

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Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
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Sophisticated chat world has sexual content.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 190 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 277 reviews

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Educational Value

IMVU wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

 

Positive Messages
Violence

Users can buy virtual guns and other weapons.

Sex

Explicit content is supposed to be restricted to premium areas that require age verification, but some users will find public rooms where people are talking about sexual things or simulating sex acts (with clothes on).

Language

There's no restriction on language; users in some rooms use profanity.

Consumerism

Users who don't pay for a VIP membership will see lots of third-party ads, including pop-ups and video ads as chat rooms load.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some user profiles have references to drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that IMVU (Instant Messaging Virtual Universe) is a 3-D chat world site and app that has some adult content. The most explicit content (such as nudity) is restricted to users 18+ who buy an Access Pass, but kids might find sexual talk or behavior in public areas if they're looking for it. There's no restriction on language.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMomof4greatgirls January 24, 2011

Not for children or even teens

I myself go on the site, I love creating the graphics. But, it is NOT a site for kids or even teens...the first thing you are greeted with in most chat rooms is... Continue reading
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bySlumber April 6, 2011

Relax and think about the positive's that can come from con's

I am 22 and have been using IMVU for about 5 years and have seen just about everything. It is what you make it. There are millions of people using this program... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheOnlyTellerOfTruth August 15, 2016

Great

There is nothing bad about it. People get banned when other people call it bad. Everyone who calls it bad are brain dead I am actually an adult and I say this g... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykirakira97 July 9, 2010

You have to be responsible to use this fun site.

I find this site only inappropriate if your kid makes it inappropriate. Parents blame the site for what their kids choose to see and say and do with whomever yo... Continue reading

What's it about?

IMVU combines a downloadable chat program and an online social networking site that includes user profiles, messaging, groups, and other common social features. Chat rooms are rendered in 3-D, and users create avatars that can chat and perform different actions. A basic membership is free and comes with a limited number of credits, which can be used to buy avatar-related items. For about $10 a month, users can upgrade to VIP status, which gives them access to a wider variety of features, enabling them to create and host chat rooms, sell virtual goods, and more.

Is it any good?

IMVU gives users lots of options when it comes to avatars, rooms, and groups, but its most complex, unique features are limited to those who pay for VIP membership. Only VIPs can create content like rooms and virtual goods to sell. IMVU uses a strong verification process to keep users under 18 from getting the adult Access Pass, but there seem to be cracks in the system that allow adult content to filter out into public areas, making the site iffy for users under 18.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety and establish rules for using the site safely and responsibly. What are the potential pitfalls of sharing personal information online? What kind of information is off-limits?

  • Why are some virtual worlds better for kids than others?

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