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Panfu

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Fluffy virtual world pushes membership buy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Unike some other more pointless virtual worlds, solving missions on Panfu provides some purpose to wandering through this virtual world. Still, there's a lot of mindless chat, mostly too-simple games, and lots of just wandering around here. Players earn coins to buy clothes and furniture for their avatar. Positive messages around Internet safety are frequent.

Violence & scariness

There's a lot of talk about evil characters wiping out Panfu land unless players "save" the land. "All of Panfu is in danger!" Potentially too threatening for some younger players.

Sexy stuff

Some romantic talk between players "I need a girlfriend" or  "Will you be my gf?"  

Language

There are pre-scripted messages and also open but filtered abilities to chat. If a player uses words or phrases that slip through the filter, other players can click on a "red face" to ignore the offending panda and it will no long appear on your screen. There are also reporting methods for more serious rule violations.

Consumerism

Constant reminders to buy the "Gold Version" and become a "Gold Panda." Many parts of the game are restricted if you don't buy the gold membership, and players are reminded every time they enter another area that they cannot play without the gold membership. Also, without the gold membership, ads for everything from Tyson chicken to computers and travel are bannered up and down the sides of the screen. With the membership, the site is ad-free.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that PANFU, not to be confused with the very similar looking Pandanda, is yet another virtual world for kids that is mostly eye-candy. It does include some fun elements, most of which require paying for the Gold Panda membership ($9.90/mo or $7.90/mo for three months) to access. Site creators list intended ages as four to 14 and six to 14, depending upon where you look on the site. Either way, if your child can't read, this site will be frustrating and older kids might find the site a bit lackluster. Chatting is mostly safe with pre-scripted and filtered chat, though exchanges tend to be superficial.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The cute pandas on their missions in this generally safe virtual world might capture the attention of kids who are good readers and enjoy online virtual world play. A nice touch is the welcome crew and the various characters (not actual players) who visit you throughout your time on the site to explain how to play in this world. Pandas can chat, dress up, and play several minigames, like a balloon-popping game with some physics concepts. Panfu is heavily promoted with TV ads on children's networks, but it may not live up to the expectations of some younger viewers who beg their parents to visit the site, especially those who cannot read well. Buying a Gold Panda membership is heavily promoted here on almost every area of this game. Ads for many products appear on the free version.   

Online interaction: Most of the online interaction observed here is typical of other kids' virtual world sites. "What are you doing?" "Do you want to stay here?" "Are you mad at me?" "I want a boyfriend." Younger kids may have a hard time understanding when a chat is rejected.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how seeing a commercial on TV or on a website makes it seem like you just have to have whatever it is they're selling to you. Read Common Sense Media's Selling to Kids parent tips.

  • Talk about virtual world "friends." What does it really mean to be a friend? What is meaningful chat? Is it appropriate to ask someone on a virtual world to be your girlfriend or boyfriend? Read Common Sense Media's Online Worlds for Young Kids primer.

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Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old July 1, 2013

Panfu Sucks (MUST READ BEFORE LETTING YOUR SON/DAUGHTER PLAY THIS GAME)

Yeah Guys, I wouldn't recommend you parents to let your kids/daughter join this site is totally not for kids. Lots of pandas bypass the swear filter and you are allowed to say things like ass, boobs, and all the other nonsense. There is a lot of dating going on in Panfu. Pandas asking "WHO NEEDS A BF/GF?!" Also, as bad as this seems, I saw people having sex on Panfu once. People were naked and posting lots of inappropriate jokes. Also, the swear filter sometimes doesn't even make sense, I got banned once for saying "fart". I guess it is appropriate, but the thing is, it is they "way" you use it. I wouldn't recommend buying membership either, you get banned extremely easy. So don't buy membership, if you do, here is an alternative, throw 10 bucks in the trash each moth. So please don't buy membership for your son/daughter. P.S This website is like freaking pg-13, and hey, if you want your kid to swear or learn inappropriate/dirty jokes, then you should play this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old May 1, 2011

lots of sex,considering it's a kid's site

people are constantly asking you to be their girlfried or boyfriend,and i saw someone say the word "b##b" (it didden't slip past the word censorship.)though this site is meant for kids,i woulden't let kids play it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byLaurenii November 16, 2013

Let me give you a proper review of this game, kids...

My panda is Laurenii, and I have been playing on Panfu since the very start, although I had a few accounts. What I think about Panfu? Well, that is a mixed opinion. Looking at other kids' reviews, they clearly are the most overly-dramatic ones I have ever read! Firstly, let me say that Panfu is for children of around 8 to 13. The age limit can be varied, depending on your maturity. If people go around spamming the chat with "WHO NEEDS A GF COME TO MAH TREE !!!", I would just simply ignore them (and practically everyone in the lobby would too). You see, the whole point about the girlfriend/boyfriend thing is that everyone can see that they are absolute idiots, therefore no one reacts, and not even the youngest players bother. If someone does then it's very likely a player with multiple accounts on who's trying to make it look as if people are actually going to their 'tree'. Why? Because no one cares about their sad little boyfriend/girlfriend request! If in the rare case someone does react then that is what naturally kids do on chats to portray someone cool. Yes - it is inappropriate to be pretending to have sex online - but it is much safer than going on real chats with no strict chat rules. Those kids would never actually do that in real life. As time goes by in the game, they will eventually get blocked permanently. My second point - the chat rules. They are ridiculous! My friend got banned once for saying 'the amazing story of adolphus tips', the name of a book. Panfu was made in Germany, and perhaps the word 'adolph' was considered as taking the mick out of Hitler and Germany. But still? The Panfu moderators should actually monitor the chat to see if someone was saying something in the appropriate sense. They also ban the most innocent of words and ignore the more obvious ones. On Panfu there is no real problem with swearing. Occasionally the older kids might squeeze in a word or two, but once again within the pass of time they will get permanently blocked when they get too over-confident. And trust me, the ones on the game who don't break the rules are actually pretty happy about this :) And my final point, the consumerism on Panfu. I completely understand the need for ads and the pressure to buy a gold package. This is because, when you think about it, there are not many pandas with a gold package. If it weren't for the in-game ads, the game's company will eventually become bankrupt! So many ignorant children moaning about this feature is NOT needed, for if they thought about it closely they wouldn't be saying what they are now about it. The pressure to buy a gold package isn't the worst, although I think that you should be able to buy a few items in the game and take care of the pets you already own. It's always "In order to do this, you have to buy a gold package!" and "In order to do that, you have to buy a gold package!". It's always tempting you with the offers. At least they all have a free Gold Panda Day on Fridays, where you get to use all the powers and gold panda opportunities! The ads on Panfu should be a lot more strictly monitored. IMVU ads on a 6-12 y.o kids game is just not right, neither are bank account deals and reductions on items in shops. The reason why I'm mainly targeting the IMVU website is because that is not appropriate content for under 12's. I mean, why is an ad with clearly adult 3D characters dressed up in raunchy outfits next to a child's multiplayer game?This also adds up to the safety issue on Panfu with third-party websites. It is very easy to get blocked if you are a gold panda, and you lose your membership quickly. I suggest only getting a membership if you can really trust your child to be sensible in the game. HOWEVER... I love playing on Panfu and I don't see the problem with it if you just have a proper mind about it. If I was 10 years old and I could play this game without ever getting blocked or getting told about the rules of the internet, then surely can a 12 year old in this day of age. Besides, on Panfu they are constantly adding more quests and things to do and the safety is improving. I don't see the point of all the other reviews where kids come to have a little whine about why they got blocked, a.k.a for sexting online or for trying to slip in some bad vocabulary. ...So there you have it! The game is harmless for children with a sensible mind. And that is my conclusion, and I'm pretty sure all of you would agree.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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