Panfu

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fluffy virtual world pushes membership buy.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 19 reviews

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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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMellie Manner June 25, 2012

Panfu Review.

When I went on Panfu like a year ago, I don;t really remember any boyfriend + girlfriend stuff. I played the missions [took me a week ._.] and its really useles... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, 3, 9, 10, and 17 year old Written byMyNameIsBeaver April 20, 2013

So coy.

This copies all sorts of games like Moshi Monsters (ice cream game and more), Pixie Hollow (fly to option) and Club Penguin (membership options and limits) My d... Continue reading
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 yo... Continue reading
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 censors... Continue reading

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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