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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Christmas-centric playground with safe seasonal activities.

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Launched in 1996 to offer a safe, clean Christmas site for kids, NORTHPOLE.COM features dozens of activities, recipes and holiday-themed stories. Users can click through various buildings in Santa's Secret Village to visit different parts of the site -- including several interactive sections, such as Santa's Mailroom, where from Oct. 1-Dec. 24, kids can write a letter to Santa and receive a response, and Santa's Den, which creates personalized stories based on kids' first name, hometown, and favorite activity. The site creators also added the Elf Pal Academy, which contains puzzles, games, math problems, and a coloring book, after learning that teachers were using the site to teach reading, writing, and computer skills.

Online interaction: Users can chat with Santa's elves using ElfChat, a Java program that uses automated responses.

Website Details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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