Pet Pet Park

 
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Nickelodeon world offers safety but can require cash.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like most of these well-designed kids' virtual worlds, most of the messages here are positive or neutral. Signing up for online jobs help kids earn points to buy and do things without buying NeoCash. But there's also a lot of time-wasting activity, like aimless wandering, mindless chatting, and trips to the mall that require Neocash. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

The "easy chat" is pre-scripted. The standard chat is not, so comments like "Want to go out with me?" get through on the standard chat, which only filters out pre-selected words.

Language

The standard chat version is monitored and includes a list of words that won't be shown to other players even when typed by a user. The site maintains a log of users who use these banned words and sends warning messages to them.

Consumerism

This site promotes Nickelodeon and Neopets, as well as the upcoming premium version. Players also earn "park points" to buy stuff for their pet or can buy Neocash via pre-purchased cards or credit cards. To be able to play some games you must use Neocash.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There are excellent guides on safety rules and protecting your information. Kids are not allowed to type in the names of most cities, states, etc. User names are displayed in the virtual world directly under pet character names, so remind your child not to use his or her real name even as a user name.

Parents are informed by email that their child created an account, and they can access much of the information in the "Parental Control Center." Lots of helpful tips for Internet safety here, and parents are encouraged to get a Petpet and play along.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cute, fun virtual world is a companion site to Neopets, but for a slightly younger age group. Be aware that Nickelodeon promotes this site quite often on its television network even during shows for kids that are too young to play here, so expect some preschoolers to ask to visit this site, but not as many to actually be able to navigate or understand it yet. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is a colorful, cheerful, fun virtual world with solid safety mechanisms in place that'll surely keep kids engaged. With its collection of fun games, activities, and scripted or filtered chat, kids with adequate reading and computer skills will be able to navigate the site easily. Neocash used to play some games and buy some items at the virtual mall requires real money (via credit card or gift card).

Online interaction: Easy (scripted) chat and standard chat are both built-in ways to keep online interaction positive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the amount of time these virtual worlds require to rack up points and collect objects is really worth the time. Do the chats that your child can have with other Petpets have any substance? Check out our Online Worlds for Young Kids tips.

  • Virtual worlds can be a time suck. Read Setting Computer Limits tips for more info on how much time your child should be spending on game sites like this.

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 6 and 16 year old Written by7cookie7 February 4, 2011
 

Ok for for tweens and up

If this site is designed for kids, It needs to be free. So many games require money to access special things, areas, clothes and quest. I know if I were a kid, it would bother me I couldn't purchase some things. How many kids out there have earning power to purchase neocash? I have been on this site since it first opened. The quests are a blast! I liked it when we could earn petpet park points to purchase anything.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old February 19, 2013
 

Watch out: severe cyberbullying found daily!

Parents, watch your kids, teens, be very careful. If you see a server with three white petpets, be careful when in Park Pointe Square. There would be teens (mostly boys with mowhawks, leather jackets, etc.) harassing newcomers (aka Pebble Wanderers) and calling them newbs. This goes for all newcomers. Expect severe profanity like "beach", "de ick", "faq", and a bunch of others. Unless you are rich, stay away from these peole.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byOneupsetDad September 26, 2011
 

Don't let them have your money

They will charge for a "membership" which promises access to special areas. However, the access is not available and they do not respond to emails regarding problems. In fact, they appear to have no tech support available at all other than to relieve you of your money. Just don't pay them anything and you will be okay.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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