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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is a good first start for young kids looking for a social network site: Joining is free, kids choose a screen name to protect their identity, chatting is done by choosing pre-written comments, and all content added to the site is moderated. And if they continue to carefully choose their sponsors (Puffin Books and World Wildlife Fund were the first two), this site will be a star at managing commercialism wisely. Kids can learn a bunch here by browsing the collection of educational links.
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What's it about?
Step into WEBBLIWORLD.COM for safe chatting and entertaining games. When joining, kids build and name their own wacky, futuristic Webbli (avatar), add to their Webblistacks (a list of their favorite things), and collect Webbles (the site's currency) along the way. Then let the chatting begin. Kids can visit other Webblistacks and choose prescripted comments to interact with others. They can catch a quick animated short about conservation or choose one of many games. Most games are Flash based and arcade-like; one needed to be downloaded as a .zip/.sit file.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what to do if kids come across downloadable files. Is it OK to download files to your home computer? When? What types of downloadable files should kids be aware of and not click on? What should they do if something appears to be downloading automatically?