SmallWorlds

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Engaging virtual world for teens and adults.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 53 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 83 reviews

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Positive Messages

As in most virtual worlds, there are a few bad apples, but the community is generally respectful and friendly. Teens could feel rejected if other users ignore them. Although the avatar options are racially and ethnically diverse, there's only one body type: skinny.

Violence
Sex

The site forbids "profane" and "pornographic" behavior. Avatar bodies aren't sexualized, and the clothing choices are modest. Still, keeping the site clean depends on the vigilance of moderators and other users.

Language

The site prohibits profanity -- and the chat feature censors it -- but some users get around it with words like "a$$."

Consumerism

Users can earn tokens to buy goods and services. The site plans to introduce a premium membership fee, as well as a second type of virtual currency that can be purchased with real money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nightclubs serve up coffee and root beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this browser-based virtual world attracts both teens and adults. The site prohibits profanity and obscene content, and there's very little to be found that violates these standards; by and large, the current community is dedicated to good, clean fun. There's no charge to sign up, but a premium membership is in the works, along with other commercial endeavors.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byconcernedmomoftwo June 26, 2014

Disgusted!

Smallworlds.com is a virtual game based around 13 years of age and older, complete with cyber bullying, virtual sex, swearing and violence. Moderation are not o... Continue reading
Adult Written byRandom Guest August 15, 2015

CrapWorlds

SmallWorlds is a virtual game for ages 13+. There is no age verification so basically anyone can play. If you're a parent, this game is unsuitable for kids... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2010

It's not that inappropriate....

You know what? If you're actually smart, you can lie to people! LIE to pedos! I live in New York City and I ALWAYS tell people my name is Erikka Monez, I... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLOVELOVESMILE November 1, 2013

This site is very bad

I was on Smallworlds and at first it was fun. They bullied me because of my skin color and called me noob. Everytime I would go on there they would say I deserv... Continue reading

What's it about?

SMALLWORLDS.COM adds a new element to the usual chat-and-shop experience of many virtual worlds: missions. Once users create an avatar from a diverse palette of options, they're introduced to the mechanics of their universe via a series of missions. These increasingly complex tasks encourage users to interact with their environment, from acquiring furniture to training a pet. Locations have objects to examine or use, some of which can be integrated with other Web sites -- for example, you can display a Flickr photo in a picture frame or watch a YouTube video on your TV.

Is it any good?

Even in its early stages, SmallWorlds.com is extremely sophisticated and rich in detail, yet user friendly. The beginner missions serve as a handy interactive orientation, teaching players how to zoom, rotate, sit down, use objects, and so on. Helpful tips from moderators and forum users make challenging tasks fun rather than frustrating. Best of all, more advanced users can create their own missions for other players to take on, making this virtual world a truly creative, collaborative endeavor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's safe to discuss online and what's not. How do you know whether you can trust someone enough to make them a "friend" and share personal information? Some of the missions encourage users to interact with each other, so families can talk about how this kind of interaction compares with offline socializing. Families can also discuss what's a reasonable amount of time to spend on this site, since it's very easy to get carried away.

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