Neopets

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Safe virtual pet site focuses on making money.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 78 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 201 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Promotes making and spending money. Some games involve gambling.

Violence & Scariness

Battledome challenges are mostly sparring.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Some games feature products such as corporate sugary cereals, and there are a few banner ads. Promotes making and spending money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site begins with a kid adopting a virtual pet and collecting the local currency (Neopoints) to take care of him. The site promotes making and spending money -- from playing games to earn Neopoints to visiting the online story to buy real-life T-shirts, stickers, the Neopets magazine, and plush toys. Although the games cover everything from arcade action to anagrams, some feature gambling and betting. Kids can buy a Neopian lottery ticket and buy and sell virtual stocks. All bulletin boards are monitored and kids have to be 13 to post and are encouraged to be creative by submitting stories and drawings. The boards do have scammers wanting to hack into your account, so parents should talk to kids about never clicking on a personal URL in a board. There are a few banner ads, and Neopet owners can play games sponsored by corporations such as General Mills.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRagadraft August 14, 2009

Good for teens.

Neopets used to be a perfect website for kids to play on. But recently Neopets have begun plastering ads in a lot of places. There are all sorts of ads that can... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 year old Written byTrifleTower May 6, 2010

Complicated site, but some good educational games and some fun to be had

It could be quite addictive if it wasnt such a messy looking complicated site. My son enjoys playing a couple of games on there but isnt overly into it. There i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE January 30, 2010

Amazing, but addictive!

Neopets can be a great site depending on who you are. I started playing it when I was about eight years old and strangely learned many things like HTML (the cod... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMiranda B. June 24, 2010

A fun and friendly website!! Check it out now!

I have been playing on this site since I was about 8 years old and still love it. It has taught me how to manage my money and to spend it wisely, allowing me to... Continue reading

What's it about?

In NEOPETS.COM's online world, Neopia, players explore a variety of landscapes, which offer games and curious shops where you can "purchase" a magical potion, a virtual snack, or a book to read to your pet. The more pets read, the smarter they become, which is important in the pet's ever-changing statistical summary of abilities, strength, health, and other attributes. Neopets require regular feeding. To purchase food -- or anything else -- you must gain Neopoints. To build up a bank of Neopoints, pet owners play games. You can also apply for an online "job," which usually involves a scavenger hunt to purchase more items from other players. Another way to scrape up points is to auction unnecessary items or place them in your online store. More mature players might invest in the Neopian stock market. Among Neopia's many participatory options are free clubs ("guilds") that have their own discussions, giveaways, and player hints. You can also write stories for the newsletter, submit drawings, work on your pet's Web page, or post on the NeoBoards.

Is it any good?

Kids can get frustrated that they have to figure things out from other players. For example, you may learn on the boards that when the giant ice serpent sleeps the brave may sneak in and steal an item of his treasure. Also, there are players who scam other players out of their Neopoints and magical items, but a few third-party sites are combating this scourge.

On the positive side, messages posted on the boards are screened before they're posted, and those who break any rules will have their accounts frozen. Those younger than 13 aren't allowed to access the boards unless they've sent in parental permission.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking care of a pet. What's more important to give a pet -- a new coat or love and attention?

  • Parents can also talk to their kids about the dangers of obsessing about money and gambling. What does it mean to gamble?

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