SpaceFace

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Outer space virtual world lacking in content and safeguards.

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age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language

Although the website states that it is filtered and monitored 24/7, this reviewer’s chat room experience proved that virtually any words are visible and show up unfiltered. The level of questionable language depends, of course, on who is in the chat session.

Consumerism

There is no outside advertising, but there is a Space Mall that sells T-shirts, plastic cups, and temporary tattoos emblazoned with the image of the your favorite SpaceFace avatar. The site also promotes upgrading to a paid membership and encourages users to recruit friends to sign up for the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sparse space-themed virtual world offers some entertaining games and fun avatars, but lacks originality --and safeguards. Its creators claim it is designed for kids aged 4-14, but its unfiltered chat feature makes it a questionable site for any age. Older tweens likely will discover some fun games but little else to hold their interest for long. Younger kids will require a lot of parental supervision to navigate and play the games.

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Kid, 9 years old January 5, 2011
Kid, 9 years old December 27, 2010

NNNNNNNNaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

Its alright your parents need to help you log in so its simple

Is it any good?

Designed to be an out-of-this-world virtual world, SpaceFace falls a little flat. The space-themed site has the requisite features such as games, chat, ecards, messaging tools, and a social networking function. Users collect SpaceGold, which -- with a paid membership -- can be exchanged for real SpaceFace-branded merchandise, and their avatars are unique caricatures of faces that float around in space throughout the site. The games are fun and some are even mildly educational, but there’s not much substance here that can’t be found in safer, more engaging places. In fact, the space face avatars themselves are ultimately more interesting than the limited places they visit. You could call it a universe not worthy of inhabiting. At least not for long.

Online interaction: Users can make and collect SpaceFriends and chat with them privately or publicly. Presently, there isn’t much interaction occurring, so it’s difficult to gauge the quality of the chat, but there is ample opportunity to post practically anything in the chat spaces, including personal information and profanity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What -- if anything -- makes a virtual world one where kids want to spend time? Why is it important to limit the time you spend on the computer?

  • What is a good age to let kids visit online virtual worlds? Do you think there is an age that would not be appropriate? Why would website developers want to get very young children on their website?

  • How it’s important to know how to stay safe and private when online. What information should you never provide in virtual worlds and why not?

Website details

For kids who love online games

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