A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn how to build shooting, maze, and other games using online tools. The Physics Puzzle Maker is the best educational option; it doesn't directly address math problems, but physics principles are illustrated in the effect movement, material, and other factors have on objects. However, the site fails to really make a connection between making games and math and science. Users can post questions and game comments, but there also isn’t much opportunity for individual feedback. Sploder doesn't really try to connect the math, science, and creation skills learned to anything outside of the site.
Good sense of empowerment for kids with mostly encouraging user comments. Games can be kept private so only friends can comment.
Violence & Scariness
User-created game categories include "kill games," and some games feature shooting and electrocution.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Generally the user-created games and comments seem to be clean.
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Except some questionable misspellings, like a FUC3K and Bitch4h Fit username, inappropriate language is well monitored. Try and enter a swear word in a game title, and it'll be replaced with "BLEEP." "Hell" slips through the filters, but "damn" is replaced with "splode."
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Products & Purchases
Ads for Comedy Central shows, online game design programs, and other items are on most pages, including the homepage.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids must register to save and share their creations on this game design site, but they can play other user-created games without signing in. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Sploder.
Is It Any Good?
SPLODER lets kids design different types of games using four tools. Some feature demos with usage tips; but younger kids may still find the game building process a bit confusing without help from an adult. You can also play user-submitted games -- the quality can vary, but there are dozens to choose from. The site has a few iffy aspects: Games and comments, for example, appear almost instantly once you create them, which could allow questionable language to be posted. However, the overall content is pretty tame, and Sploder gives kids a chance to be creative, then test and share the results. Just to be safe, though, parents may want to change their child's profile settings to block comments and the ability to friend other users, since it's easy to connect with strangers who have also registered.
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