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What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn communication skills by chatting with other users and indulge their scientific curiosity with some of the printable activities. The space-themed site doesn't really have a strong focus on school subjects like math, but it gives kids a chance to practice reading skills and team work. Some activities, such as how to grow crystals at home, center on DIY science. Space Heroes Universe is a fun place where kids get a little practice with reading comprehension and teamwork skills.
During registration, kids have to agree to the rules of play, which include: "no bullying no cheating, be nice, have fun."
Positive Role Models
Users are encouraged to follow the Space Hero Code, which encourages diversity, honesty, and being helpful.
A filter prevents words like "hell" and "jerk" from appearing.
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Products & Purchases
Premium memberships, which get you access to more worlds and special party events, range from $6 a month to $54 a year.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Space Heroes Universe is a virtual world with space-themed games and activities as well as an optional social component. If parents are concerned about kids chatting online, it's important to be involved when kids register to help them choose from the two chat options. "Menu chat" only lets kids communicate using pre-determined greetings; "filtered safe chat" lets kids type in their own chat comments, which are moderated 24/7 and run through a word filter to remove bad language, phone numbers, and other personal information.
Is It Any Good?
The Space Heroes Universe virtual world may be a bit confusing for younger kids at first -- there are lots of places to go, and finding the activities in each section isn't always easy. However, once kids find them, the instructions are fairly clear. To graduate from the site's space academy and zoom off into space, kids are encouraged to reach certain goals. They get to shoot at asteroids and other objects in the visually impressive, easy to navigate, games. The site also contains some additional activities, like a printable PDF with science experiment instructions on growing crystals at home. Parents can pick whether kids have open (albeit filtered) chat capabilities or can only use pre-written phrases like "Howdy."
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.