VizWoz

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Virtual world has safe chat but iffy games and music.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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Positive Messages

Some of the songs/videos on the music player glamorize violence and have sexist and homophobic messages.

Violence

A few of the games involve animal cruelty: bashing penguins with a club until blood squirts out, rats squealing when they're killed by traps, sheep drowning in a moat. Some of the movie theater content has PG-rated violence, such as explosions.

Sex

Chat blocks sexual terms, but many songs and videos in the library contain sexual lyrics and images.

Language

Chat is filtered, and users will be issued a warning if they try to type in profanity – and banned if they don't clean up their act. But the music player has some songs and videos with graphic and hateful language, including "f—k," "bitch," "fag," and the N word.

Consumerism

The site promotes a VIP membership that starts at 1 a month, and users are frequently prompted to purchase Viz Dollars. There's a store that sells VizWoz T-shirts and other items (for real money). There are content partnerships, such as jokes sponsored by outside Web sites and video promos for upcoming films.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a nightclub that has a bar in the background.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this British virtual world contains some sketchy content, including adults-only songs and games that involve hurting animals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 15 year old Written byWooVizwoz February 19, 2011

Perfect for kids of all ages!

My daughter is ten years old nearly 11, and loves this site! It is actualy rated 11+ but on the place where you choose your age, you can be 10, or even 19!
Parent of a 15 year old Written byalyyellow December 31, 2009
i love it
Teen, 14 years old Written byjackson12811 September 20, 2011

its a awsome website!!!

i know that u abbreviate swears,theres sexual content and a bar but most guys and sirls on it r like 15-19 so that is all things that happan in rl life so if u... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 25, 2011

perfect!

Hey guys i love the web site im gonna give 8+

What's it about?

Visitors to the British virtual world VIZWOZ.COM can cruise around hotspots like Tropical Island, Future City, and Fame World on hoverboards, looking for friends to chat with and games to play. A VIP membership starting at £1 a month (about $1.50) offers some additional perks. Vizcops deal with bullying and other offenses, while the VKrew organizes multiplayer activities. A music/video player with a searchable library lets visitors create their own soundtrack.

Is it any good?

The Vizcops aren't asleep at the wheel: Players who dare tempt fate with salty language or other off-limits conduct are promptly warned. But despite the safe chat experience and general friendliness of its populace, VizWoz veers off course when it comes to some of its content. The single-player games are mostly mediocre knockoffs of classics (guess which one "Tetrise" cribs from?) and some of them are downright bizarre. Who wants to whack cute penguins over the head with a club until they bleed?

As a diversion, some of the games and activities can be entertaining -- and learning some Britishisms has its charm. It's a fun place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some games reward players for beating up animals (or people). Does violence seem less objectionable if it's animated instead of live action? You can also discuss what information is safe to share with an online "friend" and what's off limits.

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