Woozworld

Common Sense Media says

Shopping- and chatting-centric tween virtual world.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site features an emphasis on shopping, but also asks users to promise to follow the site code of conduct when they register -- which involves respecting others and using good manners.

Violence

Some users will initiate fights with a "let's fight." (Fights are over things like "messing with my man.") No violence is actually shown.

Sex

In chats, some users ask things like "R U single?" or request kisses. Compliments include things like "U hot," and "U smexy," as the language filter will remove "sexy."

Language

Kids can key in whatever they'd like, but a filter replaces words like "s--t" and "poop" with # signs. However, "Fluck you" is fine.

Consumerism

The site is packed with online stores selling avatar accessories ranging from flying saucers to surfboards, although most are not name brands. Users can purchase virtual currency via credit card, Paypal, mobile SMS, and prepaid game cards. VIP memberships can be purchased with credit cards.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users don't identify themselves by their real name and efforts have been made to keep chatting safe. According to the site terms, chats are moderated regularly by site administrators; numbers in street addresses are blocked, but it's possible to enter your real name in a chat. Woozworld's privacy policy states that although the site uses cookies, they are not used for direct marketing or promotional purposes. Kids under 13 are asked to enter a parent's e-mail address when signing up to use the site.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids on Woozworld spend a lot of time trying to connect with the opposite sex. "R U single?" is a pretty common question from avatar to avatar. Language filters catch the bad words, but kids work around them with phrases like "Fluck you." Users can register for the site for free, but a paid VIP membership -- which costs $5.95 a month and provides users with one type of  site currency, Wooz, on a weekly basis -- is also available.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The site offers countless opportunities to talk -- however, kids looking for a ton of games or other similar activities may not be all that wild about Woozworld.

Learning Approach

As kids travel around Woozworld, they can earn virtual money by performing tasks. They’re able to track what they’ve earned, gauge what they can spend it on, and broker deals to make more.

Support

The site's navigation may be an issue for kids; it's not always easy to understand how to move around or do things on the site at first glance. Kids can chat online with each other in real-time on the site and can also chat privately.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn about saving and finance by earning and spending the site's two forms of currency, Beex and Wooz. Beex are awarded for completing activities; kids can earn Wooz by selling virtual items to other users or parents can use real money to bankroll their kids' account. The practical experience of making money and budgeting for purchases that Woozworld offers is a plus. However, an additional activity or some reference materials relating the skills to real life would really help kids understand the principles behind saving and spending. Money management skills are a side benefit in this chat-focused virtual world.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Your avatar can participate in activities to earn virtual cash -- then spend it on accessories -- and chat with other users in WOOZWORLD. Users also post messages to each other in a social networking section. The chat function may be a concern; “#” signs replace bad words, but users don’t have to friend (or know) each other to talk. Also, navigation can be confusing, especially if you get stuck somewhere. However, Woozworld does a decent job of encouraging users to stay active through daily rewards and other incentives -- and offers saving experience.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Users create an avatar to wander the virtual WOOZWORLD -- but unfortunately, jumping around the world's various sections doesn't always happen quickly. Unless you have a VIP membership, you may find there's a wait to get in many areas -- and you can be 20th or more in line. The site's navigation may be a bigger issue for kids. It's not always easy to understand how to move around or do things on the site at first glance. Activity-wise, you can chat with other users -- but doing other things, such as setting up your own "unitz" room, costs Beex, which can be earned by completing activities, and/or Wooz, which you can buy (4,200 Wooz cost $9.99). Wooz can also be earned in other ways, such as by inviting friends to join the site.

If you're comfortable having your child chat with other users, the site offers countless opportunities to talk -- however, kids looking for a ton of games or other similar activities may not be all that wild about Woozworld.

Online interaction: Kids can chat with each other in real-time on the site and can also chat privately. Users also can establish a relationship with other users -- identifying them as mother, daughter-in-law, girlfriend and more -- for a fee.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which kinds of things are OK to say when you're chatting with someone online -- and which aren't. Use our tips about online worlds.

  • What's the difference between a free and a paid membership on this site? Can you have fun without paying for a VIP membership?

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bydancigirl April 6, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

WoozWorld might not be such a great world.

My child loves it and she thinks its wonderful but there are a few things you need to look out for tho is the language.My child came up to me say a male woozen said he would do something wich is very sexual and once she log me on so i could get her wooz and i saw this message she had from a woozen that said a bad word now we didnt bother that time but if we had seen it again it was farewell woozworld so woozworld has alot they need to watch for.
Kid, 11 years old February 28, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

HORRIBLE PARENTS

i HATE THE WEBSITE. YOUR A BAD PARENT IF U LET UR KID ON THIS! I WENT ON IT 2 TIMES AND STOPPED GOING ON COMPLETLY. TO MUCH CUSSING AND VIOLENCE. SAFTY IS A PROBLEM AND LOVE IS DEFFENTLY! TRUST ME PARENTS DONT GO ON THIS SITE I GIVE IT 0 STARS!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 9 year old Written byusa195 February 27, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

its a nice place

i think wooz world is a nice place for kids 10+ but if your child is mauture at age 9 then i might say its OK
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages

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