The Club



Safe virtual playground for tween fans of Nick characters.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message is upbeat and positive. Kids can participate in virtual world "clubs" that encourage public service, plus activities related to Nick TV shows that are kid friendly. Kids are encouraged to have fun on the site and act responsibly, though some kids push limits.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some users report being asked dating-oriented questions by others who subvert the site's controls by using code words.


You can't type in swear words -- and a "Dirty Phrase Checker" refuses combinations of otherwise clean words that are suggestive when paired together. But kids know how to get around these filters by substituting "clean" words for others.


NickPoints (gained by exploring the site and playing games) are used to buy virtual avatar outfits and other items on the site. There's lots of marketing for Nickelodeon shows; links to, which has ads; and ads for games based on sugary cereals, department stores, and more. Sometimes these ads look very similar to other content on the site, so even though they're labeled, younger kids might unwittingly enter an advertising "club." However, the site offers a bumper page that lets kids know that they're leaving The Club if they click on any ads that take them to advertisers' websites.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nickelodeon has built a safe virtual community for kids to hang out in. Kids are asked to submit a parent's email address to notify mom or dad that their child has registered for the site (however, no approval is necessary to enter the site). Users can choose to chat with other registered users or only talk to people on their buddy list. Kids can't type in swear words or other offensive language -- terms must be recognized by the site's Club dictionary to appear on screen. However, kids are notorious for finding ways to evade language filters, so parents should discuss chatting options with their kids and choose chat using pre-written messages selected from a pull-down menu if there are any concerns.

Is it any good?


THE CLUB, the Nickelodeon virtual community/playground (previously called Nicktropolis) that allows kids to interact with each other in real time, has all the trappings of kids' entertainment -- games, video, and cute customizable avatars. But the site was clearly designed to offer a safe place for kids to do what they love best: hang out and talk to each other. Posts are approved before going live, and chat conversations can only include pre-approved terms.

Naturally, the site has a commercial bent -- after all, one of its main goals is to promote Nick's popular shows. However, although there are lots of references to iCarly and SpongeBob, plus plugs for other companies (like Lucky Charms cereal), the site is noticeably devoid of much Nick-themed merchandise -- which gives kids the opportunity to focus on watching video clips, gabbing, and playing games.

Online interaction: Due to strong site controls, kids' interactions on the site are safe, though some kids find ways to push the limits of the safeguards.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about online safety -- and what's appropriate to share on a website. What kind of information should you always keep private? How can you apply the social skills you've learned in a virtual world to life offline? How are relationships created online different and similar to those created face-to-face?

  • How can kids deal with bullying or other unwanted behavior they encounter online?

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Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byBrinigbackNickt... December 7, 2010

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My child liked Nicktropolis way better parents should contact nick and ask for it back
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written byCJ Sprinkle August 31, 2009

Why NOT to use Nicktropolis

To ALL parents and ALL KIDS/TEENS and overall commonsensemedia, Please take a few minutes to read this informal yet mind-blowing review, it is very important for your safety and yourself. 2 years and 5 months ago, on January 30th, 2007; Nicktropolis was finally opened to the public and over 300,000 kids to begin with. After 3 years of building the virtual game and chat room in one, Nicktropolis took a stand and proudly stated, QUOTE, Nicktropolis is like no where else on Nick. But because it's Nick, you can be sure that we've made it a safe place for kids to connect online. Why? Your child is never asked for any personal identifiable information...UNQUOTE. What are BEAUTIFUL opening title to it that still rests below the actual game. I decided to try it for myself when I was just 11 at the time being. I went on it, proud to say that was my first chat room. I made a few friends, and they were all WONDERFUL, CARING friends. At that point, I rested my case that I was going to stay on here for a few more years, almost everyday. I looked at overall what was it? Good or bad? I sure gave it a 10 of 10. Great 1st part of this eh? Lets see how this place progresses. Over my first 6 months in Nicktropolis, it wasn't half bad after all. Very few chat bullies, etc... I lived the moderators, and they really were committed to what their job was. After about 8-9 months, I began to realize that more mean people are coming in and tearing it up. TEENS is what my guess was. Now that I realize, it really was. At that point, I thought to myself, The moderators will take care of them, I'll report them. Nicktropolis had a block and reporting system that was sure to seemingly get rid of chat bullies. Little did I know that I was 100 percent WRONG. Another month or 2 passed by, nothing has happened. After reporting time after time, and telling moderators time after time, I came to a conclusion that the reporting system has FAILED or has never worked. Also it wouldn't make sense to report the reporting system that fails. After my 1st year at Nicktropolis, I was not as satisfied as I was when I came in for those first few months. As the population reached MILLIONS, the number in chat bullies GROW likewise in a exponential function. I began to make observations and patterns of behavior of Nicktropolis. The first thing that came to mind is that the Fuzzy Room is THE MOST popular room in the entire virtual world, so that's where most AMPLIFIED patterns of behavior would occur. Everyday I would walk into that room, and within 5-10 minutes, a freaking chat bully would HARASS the innocent Devastated, the innocent victims would hear things such as, "your clothing looks weird", the bully would call them names, and make nothing but negative harassing comments. But wait, Nicktropolis is supposed to be a SAFE place for kids to go online? ... which is now totally crap. The bullies maybe limited by the dictionary words, but they are NOT limited to using a word to replace a bad word they couldn't say before. In example, instead of the "f" word, they will tend to use "duck" now. Now over time I have drew another conclusion. The reason for numbers rising in chat bullies is because of the TOTAL and COMPLETE FAILURE for moderators and the Techie Staff of Nicktropolis to put the hammer down on nicknames and ACTUALLY ban nicknames when necessary! I have NEVER, yes NEVER, ever seen a person who was REPORTED that was banned for even a day! They kept coming back on the next day, being rude selfish punks as they were ready to HARASS people again! Does that NOT make you ANGRY? Yet time after time, I have E-MAILED, REPORTED, AND MADE A CONCERN FILE on what is going on. Over 2 years, NONE out of 7 have been replied to, NOT COUNTING HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE CLICKED THE FREAKING REPORT BUTTON! Just a year ago, I had a glitched person where my person turned into a girl from a boy. I was permanently stuck to being a girl and being called "CLOWN" everyday! I want to a moderator by the nickname of NICKZa, and asked her if she can help me. She replied with, "Our techie team is working hard on Nicktropolis and they cannot help fix that." I thought NICKZa was a very kind and helpful moderator, and I was TURNED DOWN. What the hell was that? You call the techie team hard working and they can't even make a freaking reporting system function correctly? I do computer programming, and even I thought I could fix myself, which was a later job. In June 2007, I finally got the man to take a step up and pull it together and stand up for what is RIGHT. It was time to take a stand for millions of people being harassed everyday. I now say that, The moderators are complete couch potatoes at fixing and helping... They won't even take an account for someone who has broken the rules. It clearly states in the Nicktropolis Official Ground rules, "If you choose to break the rules, you will lose your account, and everything else that goes with it." Obviously the entire game is falling apart because chat bullies even revolt against the moderators in a disrespectful way and will even say "bad words" at them. Yet the moderators won't do chiz to anything. I had some experience with cheat engine 5.4 so I decided to see if it works on Nicktropolis, and yet enough, it was cheatable. I was tired and freaking sick of moderators NOT helping innocent people from chat bullies. I was gonna find a way one way or another, to help people out and show them the ways of respect and kindness. I found that I am able to control other nickname on the chat room, like I was them. Then I took action and stormed the chat rooms, and took control of meaningless chat bullies, and scared them off because I showed them a SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY, something the moderators WOULDN'T. P.S. I fixed MYSELF from being a girl and turned myself back to a boy! How disgraceful! They FAILED to fix something I could! It only took me a few minutes! They must be lazy! In early August of 2009, I was BANNED I assumed because they knew about my cheating. I told them I was helping by defending innocent people with my cheats. And then they never responded! In the end result, moderators are not willing to help you, and will not ban people, but they will ban you for cheating. Even when I was helping people being defended from chat bullies, they banned me! What a total waste of my freaking time. Nick is great but Nicktropolis is a FAILURE. I see that this website says there is NO SEX, BAD LANGUAGE, etc. As you can clearly see, words can be mixed around to REPLACE the words they can't use. Examples: Instead of -- They use F word -- duck B word -- bit, be ouch N word -- Nick a S word -- shifted H word -- hello, he I! D word -- Day umm you get the point. even other NASTY words can be put together from real words that are in the dictionary to assemble the words they intend to use. DO NOT under any circumstances go to Nicktropolis unless you can defend yourself. Recently, I also saw SEXUAL HARASSMENT. A guy went up to a girl who wasn't talking and said on a line of chat, "raps po sea". What a total piece of BULL! He was pretending to rape someone's private spot ONLINE!\ Nicktropolis may have dictionary chat, but club penguin is better because of its SAFETY. I have no complaints about Club Penguin. Moderators take care of chat bullies at the MOMENT it happens, because in that world, everyone is a moderator. Even though you can type freestyle in Club Penguin, it is safer with NO DOUBT. DO NOT EVER WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS PILE OF BULL. 0/10 RATING FOR ME, it doesn't even deserve a golf clap for humor. Now my plan is to tell everyone about my cheats so EVERYONE will use them... the only difference is that they are immature and irresponsible with very rare things or very hard things to do and cannot take it seriously. Then the entire site will not be safe anymore, and I will force the moderators and staff into a position where they HAVE to shut it down. This is for their own good, and I hope this is a lesson to them for not putting the hammer down when it opened. I am very unhappy and dissatisfied with the work that took longer to build than it has already been up on the internet for. When they shut it down I'll always remember... How glad and happy I am for those innocent victims who could NOT defend themselves who are now SAFE. When it goes down, I want to be remembered for the brave things I did to stand up for innocent that were treated like poor people and the dirt. I have a dream... May God take over the situation and protect millions of kids online from this ever happening. I will ensure that I will help millions with their lives, no matter if I am given credit or not. I have a dream...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old February 10, 2010

Not good at all

Nicktropolis is a good website,When u first get on it...U can just believe its awesome.U do believe its awesome.Wrong.I love nicktropolis,but it is just dirty...Sex,Cusing...and they dont use the real words they use words like (socks for sex,pitch,duck,and so on.) U can report someone and 3 months later they are still on.The Moderaters are LAZY,MEAN,AND HELPESS! And Bullies,Its outragoues...this girl named Carrigan10 just killed me and i never wanted to go on ever again.My parents dont let me play anymore,and u no what I AGREE! Its terrible!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns


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