A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site encourages good behavior (even if it's with the intent of getting more gifts).
Products & Purchases
The site features external ads on most pages for companies like bidz.com and charities like the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Christmas-themed site has made an effort to make sure kids have a safe experience. Kids can chat with digital elves, but they only receive pre-determined responses (kids can enter bad words, but they don't appear on screen and the elf won't respond to them). Some ads appear on the sides of the site.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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