Website review by Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Social site with good edu value needs supervision.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 33 reviews

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age 9+

Great Community

Growing up, I found Whyville in an issue of Family Fun magazine, and found it to be a great environment for kids my age. Now, the majority of the kids who stayed on from the very early stages of Whyville's development are older. I see a lot of mature behaviour from them, but Whyville is launching a brand new website just for the older kids, where we can talk more about the things that interest us, such as social media, and some adult content. It definitely wont be a free-for-all, but the goal is to make the main site age appropriate again. The best thing about Whyville is that it provides a good sense of community. You're guaranteed to find at LEAST one good friend, who you might end up knowing for years. My oldest friend on Whyville is of 6 years. We still talk all the time. The games on Whyville are fun and educational. My favorite is the new activity in the Wellness center, where you help stressed and upset avatars cope with different scenarios, so that you can learn to use the same skills and apply them to situations in your own life. Whyville, like any other website, has for sure had some bumps down the road. But overall, it is an amazing place for kids and teens to go, and I'm really grateful to be a part of it. Don't let the bad reviews sway you. Take the time to see Whyville with your own eyes as a guest on the site. We are a welcoming community, and we love to see new members join us.

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age 9+

Fun and Educational - 7+ years on whyville

I have made life long friends that I talk to regularly in chat, ymail, or on the forums. My favorite feature on whyville is the Face Factory. This is where I can design and sell "face parts" for anyone on whyville to buy and wear on their avatar. There are a lot of fun and educational games on whyville, too. My favorite game is project tricho, where you help real scientists identify and categorize bacteria. A lot of these games are even used in class rooms. Overall whyville is a great website for children to socialize safely and learn new things in a fun and interesting way. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try something new. To this day I have still not come across another website like this one.

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