Toonix

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Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Virtual world is fun for kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TOONIX is a virtual world special for kids. The site offers a place where kids can enjoy designing their own avatars and bedrooms, competing for coins, and playing hide-and-go-seek with other avatars. Kids can become friends with other users and enter their virtual worlds, as well. Once friendships are established, parents should know that kids can send private messages through email.

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What's it about?

Toonix allows kids to use their creativity while designing their very own avatars and living rooms. Kids have the option of touring four different worlds: MyWorld, Training, GameWorld and ShopWorld. MyWorld is home to the avatar, where different doors lead to different rooms. When starting out, the rooms are bolted shut until enough challenges are met to unlock the doors. Challenges include high scoring on games, finding friends in rounds of hide-and-seek, and collecting coins. Training world is where avatars practice becoming the quickest runners and highest jumpers, and GameWorld is where kids put their training into action while competing in games. Then there is ShopWorld, where avatars buy toys and other items for their rooms. ShopWorld is also the most populated room where kids are sure to make friends.

Is it any good?

Toonix is a fun and entertaining website that teaches kids about saving and the cost of living. Some of the challenges aren't easy to overcome and the items in stores are pricey. This teaches kids to spend their coins wisely and to save for things they really want. The site also encourages creativity. Kids will enjoy personally designing their own homes, as they are free to choose the color and design of wallpaper, furniture, and accessories. They will also find entertainment in visiting others' homes and seeing all the different creations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between a virtual world and the real world. What are the pros and cons of a virtual world?

  • Also -- why are most of the avatars in ShopWorld? What kind of message does this relay?

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  • Families can also discuss internet safety and appropriate online behavior.

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