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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pocoyo World is a virtual world that includes avatar customization, games, videos, and other activities based on the Pocoyo ("little me" in Spanish) animation series, seen in more than 100 countries. You need to be 18 to register, so parents should fill out the online form. (Also, take note: When you sign up, you'll be automatically registered to receive a regular newsletter from the site.) Registration is free. For $3.90 a month, kids can join the world's premium club, which they'll need to do to buy certain costumes, toys, and other special avatar accessories -- but there's plenty to do without a paid subscription. You'll need to start at the main Pocoyo.com site to get to the virtual world; parents need to know that the main site has links to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Although the virtual world is simple enough for young children to navigate, parents should explore the site with their kids, and not leave them unattended.
What's it about?
Based on the Pocoyo (\"little me\" in Spanish) animation series, Pocoyo World lets kids create an avatar and cruise around the zoo, amusement park, playground, and other areas, jumping, dancing, and exploring. The site also offers fun, graphically impressive -- yet simple to play -- games that are targeted at younger kids. Kids can also friend each other, but can’t chat or directly interact in the virtual world.
Is it any good?
POCOYO WORLD lets kids create a customized avatar and cruise around the zoo, amusement park, playground, and other areas, jumping, dancing, and exploring while peppy music plays. The virtual world also includes several fun, graphically impressive games that younger kids are bound to love -- such as a golf game where the ball bounces off characters and objects before landing near the hole.
Playing games earns users tickets, which can be used to buy accessories and stamps for their online character-based stamp collection, but the emphasis is on having fun, not earning credit. Supportive messages like "hooray for Pocoyo!" at the end of some of the games reflect the site's cheerful, supportive tone -- and thanks to the constant guidance about what to see and do from a British narrator, even very young kids can easily find their way around Pocoyo World.
Online interaction: Pocoyo World is super safe. Kids can pick from a number of emotions, like frazzled or sleepy, that can be broadcast over their head, or can blow a kiss or dance, but can't directly chat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why is it fun -- and also safer -- to be able to dance with, throw a kiss at, or just see other people in a virtual world -- as opposed to actually talking to them?
If you are on a site where you can chat with other members, what kinds of things should you be careful not to say? And what kinds of things are not OK for people to ask you?
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