A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids under age 13 are asked to provide a parent's email address when they register to use the site. However, parents aren't required to approve the registration; kids can access the site immediately. The site also links to a website called Parent's Corner, where parents can learn more about the games that Ubisoft offers or discuss safety and other issues with other parents on the site's message board.
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Is it any good?
After dressing your avatar and selecting your virtual home, you're free to zip around UBIWORLD'S four islands on a scooter -- but driving may be the most exciting thing you do. The site primarily serves as a big advertisement for game manufacturer Ubisoft's girl-themed video games for the Nintendo DS system -- and the product push quickly gets old.
Online interaction: Users can search for other friends who have already registered for the site by entering their name, but can't friend random strangers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how picking out outfits and putting on make-up can be fun -- but what are some other activities girls can do that are also fun?
Even if you really like clothes and accessories, why isn't it a good idea to put too much emphasis on how you -- or other people -- look?
Virtual worlds sometimes offer a ton of different activities and things to see. How should you behave online?