SeapalsWorld

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Undersea Webkinz makes marine biology fun.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Pre-determined chat messages create safe chat for young kids. That said, even if kids can type freely, they can be ignored by other members.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

You must buy a Seapal plush toy (they start at $11) to gain access to the site. Also, site says, "the more Seapals you own, the bigger your SeaPad gets!" Players earn Pearl Points to buy stuff to decorate their animal's Seapad.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this virtual world is a fun, educational site that focuses on marine life. A la Webkinz.com, buy a sea turtle, dolphin, reef shark, or other stuffed toy and get a code to enter to play with the virtual version of your animal. The site provides kids with their animal's own virtual aquarium and "tubestation" leading to games, chats, and a store (players earn Pearl Points to buy stuff to decorate their animal's Seapad). Seapalsworld.com says it's appropriate for ages 5-12 but younger kids who don't read well may get quickly frustrated by the games and the skills needed to navigate the site.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byPepina February 27, 2011

www.seapalsworld is not working at all

There is no access to this website. All you have is a small expensive stuffed animal. The web info is useless.Are they out of business?
Parent of a 9 year old Written byNOTHAPPY August 16, 2010

UNHAPPY

My daughter also bought one of these critters and cant get on site. I also emailed company no feed back or help. Site a total scam..................
Teen, 16 years old Written byNattalie-RarwR September 4, 2011
Teen, 16 years old Written byerinny9603 June 8, 2011

What's it about?

SEAPALSWORLD.COM mirrors the ultra-popular Webkinz.com concept but has more educational segments -- all focused on marine life and the environment -- and better graphics. Pre-determined chat text and single or multiplayer games are safe and fun for reading players, but may be frustrating for pre- or early readers. Like Webkinz, there's a buying component to this site. Players earn Pearl Points to buy stuff to decorate their animal's Seapad.

Is it any good?

Since this is a relatively new site, the multiplayer games can be quiet, meaning kids have to wait a while before another online player shows up, so single player games may be more fun at this point. Overall, though, SeapalsWorld.com is a beautiful edutainment-style site -- if you can balance the message of commercialism with environmentalism with your Seapal fan, who may get a mixed message that buying more stuffed animals equals saving the environment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a good digital citizen. How should you interact with others online? What's not appropriate? Families can also discuss the pros and cons of computer play. How can you balance computer play with playing in the "real" world? Also, what about the responsibilities of caring for something -- even if it's virtual? What do you need to do to care for a pet?

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