A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Site touts Vegas-style gambling games and promises cash prizes.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
While none observed, some of the unmonitored chat areas are listed specifically as "uncensored."
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There's no monitoring, and some comments on chat boards are mean-spirited and not intended for kids.
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Products & Purchases
Tons of pop up, banner, and other ads. Must pay $5.99/month or $39.99/year for special club access.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site is open to anyone 13 and up, but the number of adult players, gambling games (you have to be 18 to gamble here), and real prize money makes it a less-than-ideal hangout for game-loving teens. Also, playing the free games requires wading through streams of ads for everything from credit cards to baby food. To nix the ads and get other perks, users must pay $5.99 a month for a membership. The unmonitored chat rooms are grouped by age (teen to 50+), but you have no way of knowing if people are really the age they say they are -- and some chat rooms are listed as "uncensored." At least members have the option of chatting in private rooms.
Is It Any Good?
While many of the free games are engaging, fun, and educational, others are pure gambling -- with thousands of dollars in prize money to lure people (those over 18) into playing to win, win, win. All are filled to the brim with ads from seemingly every big-name company in America.
Overall, Pogo.com's games appear harmless -- and even enlightening -- yet for younger game enthusiasts, many of them mirror real-life gambling too closely. As a result, some teens may be playing with an addictive fire that they don't yet know when or how to put out.
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