WeeWorld

Common Sense Media says

Site offers interaction and games--but is light on learning

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Quality(i)

 

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site message boards include an anti-bullying forum.

 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The site bans what it calls "sex talk" and encourages users to report any violations. However, some of the forums contain flirty posts about other users being "super sexy" and vague suggestions about what they'd do if locked in room together.

Language

Filters help block words like "damn"-- but with some creative spelling, users could possibly slip in bad words as they chat.

Consumerism

Many pages feature ads, and some sections also involve prominent product placement for items like Crush soda. A paid membership, offering a banner ad-free site and other perks, costs $5.99 a month or $48 a year.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are currently very few references to drinking or drugs on the site's message boards, but because younger users often post on the 25-and-up forum, there's a chance kids could be exposed to discussions about drinking or other adult activities.

Privacy & safety

Kids can talk with other new users in a special area of the site or chat with longtime site members; only their username is displayed. Parents have some control over their child's privacy settings if they're involved with registration.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if kids are under 13, they need a parent's permission to register; but all kids need to do is enter an email address and check a box to indicate that a parent says it's OK. If you're involved with the registration, you'll be able to make your child's virtual room private and restrict who can see when your child is online.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • writing

Math

  • subtraction
  • estimation

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • initiative

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids have fun creating avatars, chatting, and playing games with other users. Message boards cover stimulating topics from celebrities to causes and politics.

Learning Approach

Kids are prompted by bonuses like trophies and tips on how to "level up." As an incentive, they can also see their status compared to their friends' level. Hiring workers offers saving/spending experience. 

Support

To encourage participation, WeeWorld offers virtual trophies; certain active users are chosen to be WeeWorld ambassadors and are rewarded with a special icon.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • writing

Math

  • subtraction
  • estimation

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • initiative

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building

Kids can learn about cost and time management in job-related activities; they'll also use basic math to estimate hiring expenses. However, although WeeWorld says it's somewhere kids learn as they play, most activities don't come with a clear lesson. Some games mention math -- but don't illustrate or explain the concepts involved. Bullying and social cause-based message boards also don't offer much info; posts come from users and tend to focus on opinions. If WeeWorld truly wants to include education in the mix, adding background on forum topics and stronger game elements, like balancing a budget, would make the site a stronger resource.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Users can visit WeeWorld for free -- or pay for a VIP subscription with no banner ads. Gold points, used to buy avatar and other gear, can be purchased via credit card or phone or earned by completing site activities. Kids can also chat, play shooting and other games, post to more than 15 forums, and learn about money management by running a business or working for other users. To encourage participation, WeeWorld offers virtual trophies; certain active users are chosen to be WeeWorld ambassadors and are rewarded with a special icon.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids can create an avatar, chat, and play games in WEEWORLD,  where most of the fun revolves around socializing with other users. Luckily, the chat filters are fairly solid, and messages with references to phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or swears get blocked. However, if kids say they're over 13 when they register, they'll be able to access the site's message boards, covering topics from celebrities to causes and politics. Most forums are clean, but a few contain some iffy references--and one is dedicated to introducing users 25 and up. The most educational activities involve math-related games and challenges to run a business or accept work from other users, which can help teach kids how to manage time and money. However, to move to another level (and do a different kind of job), you may need to complete the same type of task multiple times--which can get a little boring.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kind of information you should never share when chatting with someone you don't know -- even if they can't see your real name. What things might reveal where you live or other personal information? How can you chat with other users without getting personal?

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  • If someone you meet online wants to be your friend, should you say yes? Or should you only friend people online whom you already know?

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  • What if someone in a chat room is saying things that make you uncomfortable? Should you tell them to stop, shut off your computer, or go tell a parent?

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Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byilovecookiez April 6, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

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I was making an avatar and clicked on a shirt and in 0.1 seconds it flashed my girl avatar with nothing but breats and... NIPPLES! I was so sickened!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byAliisoon April 10, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Pure rubbish

This is an exaggeration! Kids 12 and up can enjoy it! Some stuff may be true but it depends on how you use it. Like Facebook--it can be good or bad. I know many young teens and tweens who use Weeworld wisely. Maybe you need to educate better and not exaggerate.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymadandmatkeene May 21, 2009
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

I luv this site and im 14, but it is still something to b cautious about........

i luv this website but u have to b very careful about the chat rooms. ther is no language guard (like on webkinz) so u can type anything! bad words, etc. etc. and its pathetic how many people take advantage of it! people will ask people out, swear, and ask if anyone wants to have sex. and the giving out of personal information is terrible! people are saying how old they are, ther name, even where the live! everything besides the chat rooms is pretty clean tho. the only other thing is they have a few pieces of lenguire in the clothes department, but thats mainly it. i avoid the chat rooms at all costs.

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