A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
As in many online communities, most people are respectful, but a few users are abusive and make racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of shoot 'em up games (zombies are a popular target). Most of the violence isn't overly gory or realistic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some scantily-clad animated women; occasional sexual comments in forums and on profiles.
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A filter censors profanity in the chat rooms, but there's a fair amount of cursing (including some hate words) in forums and profiles.
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Products & Purchases
There are ads, and some games are sponsored and link to other sites.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few discussions about drinking and drugs in forums.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gaming site has a lot of other interactive features besides games. Users can register to create a profile, chat while playing games, and post in forums. The site has extensive guidelines for "good behavior," appoints moderators, and encourages users to flag inappropriate content, but some users get away with posting hateful (racist, sexist, or homophobic) comments on their profiles or in forums. (The chat feature censors profanity.) It's hard to keep tabs on the thousands of games -- some are violent shooters and feature a bit of blood, but most are fairly mild and fine for teens.
Is It Any Good?
Most gaming portals are a mixed bag, but Kongregate's rating system -- and its policy of "hiding" games with bad ratings -- helps steer users toward the best offerings -- like the deceptively addictive "Dolphin Olympics" and the beautifully illustrated "5 Things" puzzle game (both of which, incidentally, are completely G-rated). Some of the forum threads (particularly "serious discussions") can get a bit heavy or hostile for teens, so it's smart to stick with what the site does best -- gaming.
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