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Zoodles

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Smart browser corrals info into kid-safe "playgrounds."

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Messages vary depending on the games or sites kids visit through Zoodles, but are generally positive.

Violence & scariness

The premium version of the application has a filter that lets parents control the level of violence in games (e.g., no violence, cartoon violence, realistic depictions).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Ads appear on third-party sites. The premium application has an ad blocker, although it doesn't work consistently in Firefox. Many of the characters who show up in activities are tied to toy lines, like Barbie or G.I. Joe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zoodles lets younger kids get a sampling of age-appropriate web content, including games and videos. The application selects content for kids based on age (up to age 8 or third grade), skill level, and special needs. Users can only get to pre-approved sites (such as Disney and American Girl), and are prevented from exploring parts of those sites that haven't been added to the content rotation. A premium version of the application ($7.95 per month or $59.95 per year) gives parents access to special features, including the ability to monitor kids' activities, block ads, and customize content. Parents can try out the premium version free for 14 days.

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Designed for computers and certain mobile devices, ZOODLES creates a kid-safe "playground" full of games and other content that's chosen based on age and skill level. The browser also smartly makes adjustments for kids who are color blind or hearing impaired. Parents who want to monitor and customize their kids' activity -- rather than just limit them to content that's pre-screened as safe -- will need to pay for the premium version of the application, which offers extensive options for fine-tuning kids' experiences. One highlight: If parents object to Barbie's focus on beauty or find Barney too annoying, for example, there's a clever feature that lets them block certain characters from the "playground."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the advantages of using a customized application rather than a general browser to find age-appropriate content. What are the benefits of having browsers, search engines, and applications designed just for kids? How can you tell which sites you can trust?

  • Families can also talk about respecting and protecting privacy. Why would your parents need to know what sites you are looking at?

Website details

Genre:Browsing and Searching
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written bysandyongoog August 1, 2014

Do not sign up for Premium - They STEAL ANOTHER $39.95 at end of subscription !!

Do not sign up for Premium - They STEAL ANOTHER $39.95 at end of subscription! I am extremely disappointed that Zoodles is not refunding my credit card as requested. I paid for this subscription for my grandchildren a year ago. My grandchildren would attempt to send me videos and I could not open them. I let the grandkids use Premium subscription and I did not realize that this subscription would automatically renew on my credit card. When I saw the charge to my credit card Zoodles was contacted immediately and requested to cancel the subscription and refund the charge to my credit card. They WILL NOT REFUND MY $39.95 - I have NEVER had a subscription type renewal say that they would not refund the full subscription price on renewal if the customer no longer wanted the subscription. Zoodles was contacted within 24 hours of the charge meaning that the NEW subscription had not been used at all. I have contacted my credit card company to dispute this charge. I am very disappointed that Zoodles is not an upstanding company and will not recommend you to anyone!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 2 year old Written by123jess123 January 16, 2013

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I like Zoodles, it's a great site for young children to learn shapes, colors, letters, words, numbers and math. My 3 year old has a lot of fun with and is learning at the same time. My only dislike is it is very easy for the child to change to a new game if they begin to get frustrated because they don't know the answer. It should ask if you are sure you want to change to a new game because I'm sitting right there to try to prevent her from changing but its way to easy. As soon as you click, it changes. I don't want her to believe its okay to quit. Any ways, that is my only dislike that makes me not even want to be bothered with it but it is very educational and I highly recommend it to other parents.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 4 and 9 year old Written byTheauerbachfamily December 25, 2010

Great for introducing your kids to the computer.

4 year old loves it. I get weekly updates on what she did. I like the safety features. The mouse is difficult to use for her but she is getting more independent as she uses it more.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value