What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that you have to shell out $19.99 for a puppet to gain partial access to this safe, fun, educational site that encourages kids ages 7-12 to learn about wild animals and their habitats. If your kid isn't a fluent reader, this site may be frustrating as a lot of reading is required and many uncommon words are included. And be prepared: A separate puppet purchase is required to enter each of the six different habitats.
What's it about?
WEBWILDS.COM is the kids' education site of GLOBIO, a nonprofit organization focused on teaching kids ages 7-12 about the environment and wildlife habitat. There are puzzles, stories, video, photos, e-cards, and a link to Glossopedia, which the site contends is the "world's only" safe, online encyclopedia focused on nature and science for kids.
Is it any good?
Kids who can read well and are interested in wild animals and faraway places will love this site. The only downside to this site is that you have to buy another puppet for every wild animal habitat your child wants to explore. If your child likes playing with her Webwilds.com lion and wants to enter the koala area, another $19.99 will be required. Then there's the elephant... and the panda... and the penguin... And, of course, there's a link on the site to the online store where they can be purchased, so kids will definitely let their parents know how many more are available to buy. That said, Webwilds.com could be a great science and nature education investment for many kids, especially if they make good use of the Glossopedia feature.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how seemingly small purchases for access to a site like this can add up to lots of cash. Why is buying something in order to play around on a site such a big trend? Do you think it dissuades folks from visiting a site?