A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Webby Award-winning virtual worlds site is a fine introduction into virtual worlds for the youngest Internet users. Created for ages 5-12, the features here may not keep the attention of many kids older than seven or eight. The games, virtual world images and items to buy with "U Bucks" kids earn on the site are cute -- but not necessarily all that engaging compared to other, more established virtual world sites for kids. Safety measures are the high point of this site.
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Whether talking in pre-scripted chat messages is worthwhile for your child? Is it fun to talk to someone online in this way? What's the difference between talking to a friend you know, and talking to a "friend" on the computer using messages pre-determined by someone else?
Even though safety on this site is quite tight, it's never too early to discuss online safety in virtual worlds with your children. Read Common Sense Media's Guide to Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips.
Why sites like this offer "free" access and "member", for a fee, access. How can you and your child decide together when a site is really worth the extra cost for "premium memberships?" A price like $5.95/mo. (or even $59.95/year) may not sound like much to your young Internet user until you discuss what other essentials your family could spend that money on -- or how much your child would end up with in 20 years if they saved that much per month.