Skoodlez

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Product no longer available

Update: Company is out of business; no web support for toys.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

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Positive Messages

There's no chatting with other users on this site, so there's little chance of getting rejected or encountering a rude user. Most of the story frameworks that help kids construct a story are based on positive experiences, like playing sports, hiking, and reading.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

A dictionary defines words for kids. While there are no expletives listed in the dictionary, you will find the words for female body parts, like "vagina" and "uterus" -- but oddly, male genitalia entries are excluded.

Consumerism

You have to buy a real-life stuffed toy, sold exclusively at Macy's stores, to participate on this site. Also, there are opportunities for kids to earn virtual cash by writing stories. Called "Samoleez," this virtual play money can be spent in the still under-construction shop.There are no ads on the Web site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this company apparently has gone bankrupt. Inquiries to the former public relations managers resulted in no further contact information for the now-defunct company. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrmaltby February 27, 2012

Do not purchase......

This is ridiculous, my daughters uncle bought her this and now she can't even use it online. He deserves a refund.
Parent of a 4, 7, 9, 12, and 14 year old Written byaz grandma December 13, 2010

Beware, still for sale, but website does not exist

This website does not exist. Beware, this is Dec.2010 and the toys are still being sold. Went the website and found it was for sale. Do not purchase this ite... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old December 3, 2011
Teen, 16 years old Written byHasbro November 29, 2011

Presents

Great quality toys. Great variety of pets.

What's it about?

Following the path of Webkinz and other toy-based online worlds, Skoodlez are stuffed animals whose individual code unlocks a virtual world. What makes Skoodlez.com different than others of its ilk is its focus on literacy activities, rather than social interactions. In features like Tell Me a Story, kids create a story by selecting the setting, characters, and actions from a small graphical list of choices. The story can then be read with the accompanying illustrations by a narrator whose gender kids can choose as well. Levels increase with the children's literacy level. Users can progress from fill-in-the-blank stories to composing their own without any help. On the Library page, kids can read stories -- their own as well as other kids -- and rate their favorites.

Is it any good?

Designed to get kids excited about reading and writing, Skoodlez.com has a noble goal. Unfortunately, even though the Skoodles toys were heavily promoted at Macy's during Christmas '08, much of the proposed content was not available a month later. However, the main part of this site, the writing exercises, are live and fairly robust, and should allow kids a comfortable spot to flex their creative muscle. As new features are rolled out, hopefully they'll be as nicely done.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the elements of a good story. Characters, setting and emotions all play a big part in making a story that's enjoyable to read. What do you like to see in a story? Should there be suspense or events that make you want to keep reading? Do you like to read about characters who solve problems that you've encountered? Do you think the stories on this site are interesting? What do you like to write about? How does it feel to post your stories for other to read and rate?

Website details

  • Genre: Blogging
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love animals

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