WoogiWorld

Common Sense Media says

Virtual world tries to teach but may confuse.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site claims to be the "only children's virtual world" that's benefitting society by teaching kids good character traits and positive Internet communication skills and by discouraging "materialism, greed, and hoarding."

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

There's a list of pre-selected words for chatting: 350 are included with a free membership, 10,000+ with a premium ($6.95/month) membership.

Consumerism

Premium members get all sorts of upgrades, like being able to actually trade trading cards (free members can only collect them), and having more choices to dress up their avatars. Parents only have access to chat logs with paid memberships.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational virtual world for elementary school kids aims to teach its young users good character traits and Internet skills, but it may confuse younger kids. The site is far from straightforward -- it requires quite a bit of reading, and kids can't access the site map from all areas. That said, the parent section has some excellent information for parents and grandparents about the Internet-centric culture in which their kids are growing up. Parents need to give approval to join the site and to chat (which is conducted using a list of pre-selected words). Kids can sign up for free, but the premium membership ($6.95/month) comes with lots more bells and whistles.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Developed by the nonprofit Children's Way Foundation, WOOGIWORLD.COM is a virtual world for elementary school-aged kids. It has some impressive goals: It wants to be the site of choice that parents and educators turn to in order to teach kids all about good Internet behavior and safety, leadership, community service, health, and more.

Is it any good?

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That's an admirable mission, and the site could be a winner someday ... if it would simplify its directions, give more audio cues for younger kids who can't read fluently, and add more content (many features across the site still say "coming soon").

But for now, the little glitches -- like long loading times, missing content, and confusing directions (for example, "You need to hold the ctrl or shift button while clicking Woogies to add buddies or report misbehavior") -- are going to confuse many kids, especially those in early elementary grades who really need to learn the messages this site wants to teach. Unfortunately, many kids are more likely to choose a site that focuses more on playability and less on lessons.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important for even the youngest kids to talk to -- maybe sometimes even teach -- their parents and grandparents about what they're doing on the Internet. Also, how does your family decide whether to buy a membership to a site that also has a free option? When is a premium membership "necessary"? Parents, if you pay for a premium membership so you can access chat logs, how do your kids feel about that? Explain why you made the choice to do so, and listen to your child's feelings in response.

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written byPink_Angel December 7, 2014
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Too much cursing!

I went on it and they cursed a lot! They curse and have WAY too much drama. If your kids like this game then tell them not to go on the international state. Go on a state that nobody really goes on. And if they play the game because they like to be social on it, don't even give them a chance to wait and see what happens. DON'T DO IT!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byzeamays February 14, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Don't be naive..

Scam mercenery. Possibly. Looks very much like to me. I wrote quite a bit but the system brands my review as 'unfit language' to paraphrase and won't allow it. I think it is essentially 'false flag' marketing, to coin a phrase, possibly. They sneak in under guise of non-profit and do-gooding and 'allow' schools to 'participate' and then use that school association to claim govt and education dept approval and involvement. Making themselves quasi govt and sucking parents in. That's my last attempt at a post. If this doesn't work I'll give up on the site.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old December 7, 2014
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Not exactly appropriate

Well, they may have limited chat words, but people discover ways to curse around the chat filter. It's not that educational either. Great hangout for ages 11-16 though.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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