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Shidonni

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Safe, creative virtual world is fun but needs better tools.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids could get upset if their requests to be friends are ignored.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

There are no ads. Users can purchase a premium membership ($5.95 for one month) to access extra features.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this virtual world is safe and age-appropriate for younger kids. Kids have to know their real-life friends' user names in order to add them as online friends -- there's no way to "friend" strangers. However, parents should note that friends can send each other messages, and there's no language filter on what they can type.

What's it about?

Aimed at kids ages 4-10, SHIDONNI blends elements of virtual worlds, social networking, and creating. Kids start by drawing an animal that \"comes to life\" as an animation, dancing around the screen. Then, kids create a habitat for their creature, give it some food, and send it off into the universe to explore and play games. Kids can find friends online and send snacks and other goodies to their pals' pets. Users have the option of joining the basic site for free or purchasing a \"pro\" membership with special features for $5.95 a month.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

By letting users draw their own animals, habitats, and accessories, Shidonni puts a creative spin on virtual pet sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz. However, Shidonni's interface isn't very intuitive -- parents may have to help younger kids master the basic commands. And good luck trying to draw an animal that's more sophisticated than a bug ... or even a pet rock. Overall, Shidonni gets the thumbs-up for its creative concept and cute features -- like drawing snacks to feed your creature -- but could use an upgrade in user-friendliness.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting limits on online game play. How can you balance computer play with playing in the "real" world? Families can also talk about safety with virtual worlds and social networking. How do you know if you can trust someone enough to make them your online friend?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 11 years old April 28, 2011

Perfect for anyone!

It's awesome! I joined a few months ago and I'm eleven! All the animals are adorable, and you can buy a stuffed version of it and enter shows... Awesome!
What other families should know
Educational value
Adult Written bynaamak June 24, 2009
I think it's a great site. My daughter is crazy about it, she's drawing new animals all the time and she is very excited about the whole thing.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2012

Thanks for ruining shidonni >:(

They have ruined Shidonni. I remember you got much more access to the site. You could play the diner game and make books. Now, in order to play in the Fun town and make books, YOU NEED TO BE A PRO!
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Too much consumerism

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