Pandanda

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic but safe online world stresses good behavior.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some examples of positive messages this site imparts: Reminders early on in the registration process about Internet safety, a regularly updated blog that encourages kids to notice what's new on the site, and games that include searching to find hidden objects.

 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Even though the avatar used in this virtual world is a cute little red panda, some of the clothes that he/she can buy and wear are not typical kid-style clothes.

Language

There's a safe chat mode that allows for only pre-scripted text or a standard filter chat, which is a site filter that reportedly filters out bad words. That said, a number of users on this site speak languages other than English, so whether it filters out bad language in other languages remains in question.

Consumerism

Along with the typical kids' virtual world stuff  ("Earn coins then shop in the make believe store"), there's a link to a third-party site that sells real-life Pandanda merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None observed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this run-of-the-mill kids' virtual world and game site is fine for a cute, safe site for grade schoolers to play around on and chat a bit. But once the beta period ends, all players' points and items they've earned and purchased will be wiped out -- and all will be encouraged to join at an "elite" membership for a yet-to-be-determined monthly fee. There's nothing innovative, educational or creative enough to warrant paying for access to this site.The site says kids can start fresh and not join at a premium rate if they want to continue to play for free, which may be the best bet.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydede santers February 16, 2012

pandanda is not appropriate

i dont like this website people been saying cuss words by spelling them wrong my children dont need to read and its a bad website cause grown lie about there ag... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 8, 2013

Fresh

Its good game i have an account
Teen, 13 years old Written byRareRufc May 23, 2012

Bad Game.

This game isnt as good as it makes out. It does allow Users to say alot of words. Users get numerous warnings from the moderators who have been Caught using bad... Continue reading

Is it any good?

PANDANDA bills itself as a safe virtual world for kids at 6-14, but older kids won't find much here to keep their interest. For younger kids, there's some fun, basic games (for instance, a Connect Four-style game and some other arcade-style stuff) and, of course, the typical kids virtual world activities like dressing up a cute little avatar (in this case a red panda), decorating a house (in this case a treehouse) for it, and wandering around a world interacting with other avatars with conversations like "Hi" and "I can't find my friends," and "How'd You Get up There?"  In other words, it appears harmless but don't expect too much.

Online interaction: Helpful reminders about safe online interaction during the registration process (such as "keep chat safe and respectful," "never reveal personal info."), safe chat modes, periodic review of chat logs and a general sense of positive, controlled interaction for younger kids makes this site a generally positive spot. On the downside, younger children may have a hard time understanding if their chat requests are rejected.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to "make friends" on a virtual world site like this vs. real life friends. How does your child feel when someone accepts or denies a friend request? Should she take it personally? What kind of things should she say and not say to a virtual world "friend?" Check out Common Sense Media's Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips for more ideas.

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