A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that VeggieTales.com features the characters from the bible-based VeggieTales TV shows, DVDs, and books. Kids must register to partake in some of the site's activities, such as creating a virtual room. To register, you'll need to enter a first and last name and a password.
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Is it any good?
The VEGGIETALES site offers several fun activities for fans of the biblically-based VeggieTales books and DVDs -- including character bios, stories, games, and videos. The site also has plenty of content for younger kids: Some of the games offer easy, medium, and hard options to allow for different age levels, and kids who are too young to read can still flip through a virtual storybook and opt to have the tale read to them. Kids can't chat with each other, so their VeggieTales virtual experience should be a safe one. Their only method of interacting involves sending e-cards -- which they design using pre-determined phrases like "Your kindness always makes for smooth sailing!"
The site stresses a strong religious theme -- including biblical quotes and characters who share God-related messages -- so if you're not comfortable talking about religion, this may not be the best site for your family. However, kids who are VeggieTale aficionados will likely enjoy the site's simple-to-play games and short stories.
Online interaction: Users can create e-cards using pre-set backgrounds and sayings and send them by entering a friend's email address.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to have fun on a website that offers stuff for sale without buying anything. For a website to be fun, should you need to have to purchase anything? Help kids learn the value of a virtual dollar.
What do you think is more entertaining: printing things out to color in and play with, or playing games and activities online?
The website features several activities entire families can participate in together. What kinds of fun things can your family do together?