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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this virtual world site is a safe, engaging, and worthwhile online playground for Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 movie lovers. The games, quests, graphics, and even the parent controls on Kung Fu Panda World are heads and shoulders above the average, non-educational virtual world. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they progress through different martial arts belt levels. There's definitely a push for buying the paid membership, but there's lots to do here without one. Kids can try the paid version for free for a day -- if they watch a promotional video.
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Is it any good?
KUNG FU PANDA WORLD is an immediately engaging, easy-to-follow virtual world from the makers of the Kung Fu Panda movies, Dreamworks Studios. While younger kids may need some help reading and deciphering some elements of the site's more complicated features, most games are easy enough to catch onto with little instruction, and clear directions are offered for first-time players. Players float from area to area on a cloud, Crouching Tiger-style, as they are sent on quests that become more difficult as they advance. Thankfully, this site is less focused on shopping and decorating virtual spaces than other similar virtual worlds. On the downside, some players can get bothersome with the options to make a lot of noise and jump around with no real point, but other players can move away from that sort of player or even report a problem player. Players using the free trial get access to the beginning levels of the game and can still chat and interact with others, while paid members get access to higher levels and exclusive areas of the virtual world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Internet safety for elementary school kids. What makes this site safe, and what safety features do you look for in a virtual world?
If you set time or day limits on play through this site's parental controls, discuss why you chose to do that with your child. Read Common Sense Media's Setting Screen Limits tipsheet.
Talk about the rules of the online road. How should you act toward others online? Why is it important to treat virtual friends with the same respect you give your peers in real life? What should you do if you see someone misbehaving or acting mean in a virtual world?
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