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Parents need to know that this dino-themed virtual world offers lots of safety measures. Players can customize a dinosaur avatar, chat with other users and play single- or multi-player games like Geyser Golf. They can also watch brief Webisodes about animals and nature starring Nigel Marven, wildlife expert and host of the BBC's Prehistoric Park and Walking with Dinosaurs.
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The site offers subscriptions, but it hardly seems worth the cost since the free membership, which lets you move from world to world, chat, and play games, offers more than enough to do. Subscribing allows you to customize your avatar, download coloring pages, wallpaper, and other items, and get 2,000 free coins. You’ll also receive a free comic book based on characters from the site.
It’s unclear why parents would shell out anywhere from $5 to $50 for extra coins, which players can use to buy decorations for their cave and other items in the site’s stores, when you can earn coins by just playing games on the site.
Skip the subscription -- the free membership should keep kids entertained just fine.
Online interaction: With two levels of restricted chatting, you can allow your child to participate in open chats -- in which players use words from the Webosaurs dictionary, and any swears or other bad words are filtered out -- or talk using safe chat, which only allows players to chat using a menu of greetings, questions and statements like “Wanna hang out?” Numbers are not allowed, and the site also has staff sporadically monitoring chat and other activity.
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