What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site has very limitedentertainment value without a paid subscription, which costs $5.95 per month (with discounts for subscriptions). While the monthly fee is notoutrageous in comparison to other pay sites, it is really a must, as it unlocks almost all interactive games, allof the parent tracking tools, and most of the video on the site.
What's it about?
WIGGLETIME, the newly designed Web site from the Wiggles, is a colorfuland expansive virtual world that allows kids to openly explore in their BigRed Car, visit with the Wiggles, interact with the characters, watchvideos, and play games.The siteclearly made education and early child development a priority, as all of thegames have an educational bent, and parents have access to a neat tracking tool that lets them follow which games their kids are playing, and see what skillsare being built and reinforced as a result.
Is it any good?
The best part of Wiggletime is its educational element. On the whole, though, the site still seems a bit unfinished.For all of the size and color of the world, there is really not that much to doin each location (and very, very little to do without a paid subscription). Eachroom features three or four colorful items that would appear to be interactive,yet only a few of them really are. Also, of the games that are available, someare not as intuitive as they could be.
Another odd choice is that, in a gameclearly aimed at younger children, the in-game instructions are written formuch older children, if not solely for parents. A nice voice-over on the instructionswould solve this easily. In general, this is a site that appears to have itsheart in the right place, but has not fully realized its potential.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about exploring new worlds and interactingwith strangers. In one of the interesting twists to the site, the child’savatar turns into Wags the Dog upon entering another person’s home. The rationaleis that children (even in avatar form) should not be comfortable entering astrange person’s home alone.