Marapets

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Virtual world low activity; pretty high on safety.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages
Violence

Points are awarded for battling in part of the site.

Sex

Users can purchase a link to an adult area and message boards may not be monitored.

Language

The site allows words like "damn," "hell," and "crap."

Consumerism

Playing simple games and chatting on the message boards earns three different kinds of free points, which can be spent on glamour goodies like doll contact lenses, sunglasses, and lipstick color. Point-purchased items can also be traded or sold to other site users. The site solicits money from users as "donations."

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this virtual world offers users several forms of online expression, including personal journals and Web site pages. It's easy to register for one adult message board -- the other requires a fee -- and although the board is fairly clean and the site says it has near-constant monitoring, it's not hard to find some questionable posts (one asking another user to give someone a plane ticket). Also, it's worth noting that the site allows words like "damn," "hell," and "crap," and while users are instructed not to post about religion on the boards, they're told it's OK to mention it in their journals. The site also constantly asks for donations, and stresses buying things for your virtual pet.

User Reviews

Adult Written byElementum August 13, 2013

Avoid at all costs!

The site is in overall, completely unsafe. It was hacked at least five times in less than a week by a hacker who was never even caught. The Staff in this game i... Continue reading
Adult Written bypalmtrees_palmtrees April 5, 2010

Mara vs. Neo?

I looked at other reviews about marapets before eventually joning.As for forum trolling you'll find idiots that will knock you down because of the things y... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRre232 January 14, 2010

Great Site With Some Ifyy Things

I for one am a great user of the site, but will admit some stuff on it is iffy. The posts people put aren't always.. Perfect. Because many users have decid... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byanele1223 June 12, 2014

OK site but it seems as if it's run by a group of 15 year olds

This site kicked off me and my friends after I told them I was sending my items to a friend. It made no sense and the staff was basically incompetent. Very poor... Continue reading

What's it about?

MARAPETS.COM allows users to create virtual pets that can travel through 16 virtual worlds, which users can then write about on the free Web site and online journals they receive when registering. Both are hosted on the site -- as are a number of ads.

Is it any good?

Virtual worlds area dime a dozen these days, and unfortunately, this one doesn't cut it. Besides having not much to do, kids will probably get annoyed by the constant solicitations for donations (you can pay via credit card or cell phone) which in a Catch-22 situation, also gets users a few "extra benefits, items, and rewards." Users must care for and feed their virtual pet or it will die; but that just typically involves answering a question about whether or not you want to feed your pet. When traveling through the site, you stumble upon some food, but nothing really happens. This activity, like the rest of the site, is low on interactive fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers of posting personal information on public areas of Web sites -- even if those areas are restricted to registered site users. What information is OK to share online? What should be kept private? How can posting or giving someone personal information such as an email address be unsafe?

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