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The Troop: Troop Grid
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is for fans of the Nick series, The Troop, a show about a monster-hunting high school team. The website mimics the series' reality-TV style and uses lots of video and first-person style games to create the illusion that this is actually a real squad of creature catchers. This approach might get some kids confused into thinking this is really happening, so it's designed more for tweens who are better equipped to distinguish fantasy from reality.
Is it any good?
For tween fans of the supernatural this site should be the perfect partner to the Nick series THE TROOP, which premiered in the fall of 2009. With lots of video content and back-stories relating to the show, dedicated viewers will get the extras they are looking for, while visitors new to the show should have an entertaining time even if they've never watched an episode. With video content and first-person point of view gamers, visitors can feel like they are a real part of the monster-hunting action (right down to the "eye scan identifier" that pops up when a game is loading). Not too scary, but creepy enough for most 10-year old boys, this site offers good, cleaning monster hunting fun.
Online interaction: Users can post comments on the characters' profile pages. These comments appear to be moderated, as there is no bad language or rude behavior to be found here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about understanding the difference between reality and fantasy. Reality TV isn't as real as it's made out to be. Some shows, like The Troop, use reality TV camera work to make the show seem more realistic.
Families can talk about Internet safety and good online behavior. This site allows users to register with the site and then be allowed to comment on content. Why do you think you need to register to be allowed to comment? What information should you never give out when registering with a site?
Families can talk about on-line advertising. Do you know how to recognize an ad on a web site and when not to click. When playing on commercial web sites, do you notice a lot of ads for any specific products like candy or junk food? Why do you think that's so?
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