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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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