Pocoyo World

Common Sense Media says

Virtual world preschoolers can enjoy with adult help.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show on which the virtual world is based stresses values including tolerance, respect, and love.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

For a monthly fee, premium club membership opens more games, activities, and content. "Packs" of various extras -- virtual pets, clothes, cars -- can be purchased via text messages costing $2.99 to $4.99.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can't directly interact in the virtual world, but if parents want to add an extra layer of security, they can opt to lock their child's home base on the site so other users can't visit it.

Parents must register before children can explore the virtual world, and parents can lock their child's home base, closing it off from other users.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Arts

  • movement
  • playing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • set objectives

Communication

  • asking questions
  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will have fun creating a customized avatar and cruising around the zoo, amusement park, playground, and other areas, jumping, dancing, and exploring while peppy music plays.

Learning Approach

Many of the games reinforce basic skills. Kids can practice reading as a narrator slowly dictates sets of instructions for games. They can also assert some independence as they move their avatar around Pocoyo World.

Support

Supportive messages like "hooray for Pocoyo!" reflect the site's cheerful, supportive tone -- and thanks to constant guidance from a British narrator, even very young kids can easily find their way around.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Arts

  • movement
  • playing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • set objectives

Communication

  • asking questions
  • listening

Kids can learn to sharpen their memory by repeating dance moves and other rote activities in some of Pocoyo World's games. Kids can also practice reading by following along as a narrator explains instructions. Playing games earns you tickets that can be used to buy avatar accessories, which helps kids set goals, save, and spend. Younger users can improve their reading and gain other essential skills in some games, while having a lot of fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byCarol2010 October 25, 2010
AGE
5
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I love it!!!!!

What other families should know
Educational value
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bySunnybunny October 25, 2010
AGE
3
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don't miss it!!!

This is so much fun to play with your children, they feel like they are grown up playing as their elder siblings but absolutely safe.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooshineboo November 20, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

nooooooooo

My kid was kiss kiss kissing online i do not let her play on it
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