SanrioTown

 
Frivolous fun with Hello Kitty and friends.

What parents need to know

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Language
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Consumerism

The site has a Kitty Shop, where you can purchase the latest design in Hello Kitty shirts (although at the time of writing, they were no longer taking orders because of a huge preorder backlog). There's also a page that lists retail shops that sell all things Hello Kitty and Sanrio, but, oddly enough, none were listed for the U.S.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site allows kids to participate in a large online community, and although the forum filters out common swear words, Sanrio doesn't heavily regulate what can be posted. But most of the content is safe -- and even a little boring -- and any inappropriate content can be easily reported. The weird thing is that the site attracts two very different mindsets who seem to happily coexist: Young kids who love Hello Kitty and want to play games and older teens who love Hello Kitty and want to post photos and socialize.

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What's it about?

Kids seeking total immersion in the world of Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters will be in heaven browsing this site. After opening a free account, users from all over the world can play games (mostly aimed at the grade school set), send email and ecards, download images and wallpaper, join online forums and chat with other members, and even start a blog. There's also a tool that lets users create a slide show by uploading photos or video clips and then adding sound and special effects. The slide shows can be rated and critiqued by other users.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Be aware that that kids could easily waste hours here, given all the activities and networking opportunities available.

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Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old December 25, 2011
age 18+
 

My opinion

I wanted to join this, but I have to be at least 13 to join! I think it's unfair how little kids can't join a website with hello kitty.
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Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bychocoluv March 24, 2014
age 9+
 

Fun Website

I joined SanrioTown when I was just 9 years old in July 2010, and I LOVED it! However, it's very inactive today, so if you join today then it will probably be boring to you. I think that the best part about this website is the Dream Studio where you can make your own videos! Kind of like YouTube but with some differences :P It's free so there isn't that much consumerism unless you count HK merchandise. I heard some hackers in the HK Online game so that's a privacy concern.
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Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byfairyana May 29, 2012
age 7+
 
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Fun For Sanrio Fans

Sanrio Town is a fun place for Sanrio fans to play online. Sanrio Town provides players to create their own blog, chat on the forums, take personality quizzes, post videos (as long as they're appropriate for kids), and play games.
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