PlanetPals

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Cute characters deliver surprisingly comprehensive eco info.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This site is all about taking steps to learn about our universe, save the planet, and conserve natural resources. It encourages social consciousness, creativity, problem-solving skills, and environmental awareness.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There are quite a few rotating ads interspersed throughout the pages of the site, but the products (eg. Pet hair removal from Scotch brand) are not questionable. There’s a steady assortment of reference and ecology books featured and available by linking to Amazon and a variety of links that rotate via Google Ads. There are also various PlanetPals products available for sale in the online store. Also there is a section devoted entirely to offering licensing opportunities for the PlanetPals characters. PlanetPals will grant toy manufacturers, schools, publishers, etc. the opportunity -- for a fee -- to use their characters on products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this ecological education site is a safe place for kids to learn about the planet, the environment, recycling and the world around them. Though there are quite a few ads on its Web pages and some significant self-promotion of products, the bulk of the site is full of informative facts and information. Its kid-centric illustrations are geared to elementary-aged children who might be interested in learning more about the earth and how to save it -- or just how to treat it well. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, and 11 year old Written byHomeSchoolMum January 27, 2011

Loaded with great stuff for the whole family

We use this site for our whole family. It's surprisingly fun. Interesting facts and educational fun downloads for our kids as well as crafts.
Teen, 15 years old Written byEcokid November 20, 2012

I'm a Planetpal, now!

Hundreds of pages of great information and ideas for all ages

Is it any good?

Kids, parents, and educators will be drawn to the illustrated hosts of PlanetPals where a set of cute “planet pals” (each with their own backstory, video, and poem!) welcome visitors. With names like Earthman, Starbright, and Breezy, you may expect a site geared to toddlers with short attention spans, but there’s a tremendous amount of informative environmental and ecological information to be discovered in this simple, safe, award-winning Web site.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it’s necessary on any Web site -- even those with cute illustrated characters -- to use the Internet safely.

  • Families can also talk about how the Internet and Web sites like this can help motivate and organize people when it comes to helping the environment.

Website details

For kids who love helping the environment

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