ShiningStars

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Log in with plush toy ID; safely chat, play games.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The site promotes a clear message of the importance of sharing and of "shining" -- essentially, being a good person. It talks about the interconnectedness of life, and how your actions affect others. The site offers ways to donate to charity. Also, kids can select only positive terms to describe their new friend, like friendly or musical.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

The chat only allows users to choose from set responses so there's no room for misuse.

Consumerism

You have to buy a plush doll to play online; TV ad plays on many pages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids must buy a plush toy to access the features on this site. Kids earn points to access different areas of the site.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byLIZZIE 1 December 24, 2010
LOVE IT
Parent of a 3 year old Written byBossLasy85 May 11, 2013

Beyond Disappointed!!

This product was bought for my daughter when she was born & I have waited to name her star until she was old enough to name it herself and now the websi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 27, 2011

Technical Diffculty

I think that Shiningstars is a good website, but I have been having a problem getting into it for my son to play, or even register his animal.
Teen, 17 years old Written byGriffinBear October 13, 2012

MUST READ! MUST MUST MUST MUST!

I love my little panda bear :D. I saw it in a charity window and fell in LOVE with it. I finally bought it today. SOO LOOKING FORWARD TO GO ON THE WEBSITE Then.... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids use a secret code that comes on the Shining Star stuffed animal's tag to register on WWW.SHININGSTARS.COM, choose the name and location of a star to "adopt," name the virtual version of their plush toy, and select positive terms to describe their new friend, such as "friendly" or "musical." The site has games for kids -- including memory games -- as well as an incentive to play often by awarding "glow points," which are used to buy music downloads (original tunes) and short Shining Stars-themed films. (They can also be donated to a children's charity featured on the site.) You're awarded several thousand points upon registering, but it's not hard to burn through those with a few clicks buying trees, buildings, and vehicles to design a scene for your Shining Star to play in. Users also can submit wishes online or send inspirational e-cards.

Is it any good?

Shining Stars is upbeat and interactive enough to hold kids' interest for some time -- items in most sections giggle and go boing, and activities require clicking and moving icons. The site's only real detriment is that bouncing back and forth between sections can prompt the site to request you to log in again -- which slows down the fun.

Online interaction: The chat only allows users to choose from canned sayings like "Hey There" and "What's Up?"

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Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love playing online

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