Game site loaded with ads and prize money.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Site touts Vegas-style gambling games and promises cash prizes.

Not applicable

While none observed, some of the unmonitored chat areas are listed specifically as "uncensored."


There's no monitoring, and some comments on chat boards are mean-spirited and not intended for kids.


Tons of pop up, banner, and other ads. Must pay $5.99/month or $39.99/year for special club access.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

What's it about?

POGO.COM offers scores of games and contests; you can play for free or pay $5.99 month to become a Club Pogo member, which allows you to bypass the ads, participate in "special events," create an avatar, and have access private chat areas. Sponsored by game biggie EA (Electronic Arts), Pogo.com reportedly puts out more in-house developed games, features, and prizes than any other gaming site on the Internet. Many of the games are downloadable, and many can be played as multiple-player games.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why consistently playing games that have prize money may not be a healthy habit. How do Las Vegas-style games become addicting to some people? Which games require some skill and thought and which don't?

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Parent of a 2, 6, and 11 year old Written bynascarfanmomof3 June 24, 2010
I love this site but if I let my kids play on it the chat is off!! That the only thing that concerns me on this site some chat just should not be seen by kids.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Parent of a 10 year old Written byluckyleslie April 9, 2008

Great for those rainy days

Well what can I say about online games....they can be too addicting for sure but I like "earning" my badges each week if I can. Enlisted my Mom to help me and she got hooked. Now it makes a perfect birthday gift for her each year. I just renew her membership. We have a blast trying to outdo each other and can talk online while we are playing together. Great as we live in different countries.
Parent of a 2 year old Written byDesiredLoginName January 8, 2009


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