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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids can play all of the site's games for free. There's also a place to log in if you have a registered account, which supposedly allows you to view the site without any ads -- although it's unclear how you register for such an account. (The many "remove ads" buttons throughout the site just link to a log-in page with no registration information. The About Us section and Other Site Information also contain no registration information.)
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Is it any good?
Girls who love dress-up games should be thrilled with PAPERDOLL HEAVEN -- most of the site's activities involve fashion and dress-up games based on popular celebs like Justin Bieber and Madonna. The good news: The games are free to use, you don't need to register to access them, and they're simple to figure out, so younger users should be able to play, too. Also, unlike its sister site, Stardoll.com, Paperdoll Heaven doesn't have message boards where kids can be exposed to swearing or inappropriate comments.
The site's only real issue is that it could use a greater variety of games. The majority appear to be dress-up games -- even ones in the sports category involve fashion (you spruce up Mia Hamm and Amelia Earhart); there's even a dress-up game involving a dog. If your daughter is addicted to playing dress-up on or offline, she may be enthralled with the site; however, if she prefers puzzle or other games, she might not find herself in Paperdoll Heaven for long.
Online interaction: The site's games provide a direct URL link to copy and paste and send to friends to encourage them to play, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how picking out clothes and dressing up can be fun. But, in addition to how you dress or look, what other things are important, too -- like your personality, and how you treat other people?
How do you maintain a healthy balance between wanting to look nice and not becoming too obsessed with your outward appearance?
What ways are some companies advertising their products on this site? Are there some subtle references to stores and products you've noticed while playing the games?