Common Sense Media says

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
Not applicable

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
Privacy & safety

Very private. Since there's no online interaction, only kids' parents can see their personal information and what they're doing online. Parents provide an email address and their child's name and age when downloading the application.

The premium version of the application offers robust parental controls, including ad blocking, monitoring kids' activities, customizing content, setting time limits, and more. Parental controls are not included in the free version of the application.

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?

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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.
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Too much consumerism
Educational value
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.
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Great messages
Parent Written byRubyFran February 27, 2015

This site is terrible

I purchased the premium membership for my 2 year old grand-daughter. She is now 5. She has never been able to play games, or use any of the promised features of Zoodles. I sent them email last December ( it is now February 28) and after 2 emails, they finally answered me after I threatened to cancel, saying they lost my emails. This company is a sham.Tonight I sat with my grand-daughter on my computer, and asked her to show me what she did on Zoodles. She said...not much...most of the things don't work. So...I said..show me! She tried to get access to several games..only to be sent to a screen that said..try these..(3 weird games) This didn't happen once...it happened most of the time!!! Several times, when she clicked a game, it sent her to a website called "tweensoft.com". My 5 year old is NOT a tween!!! This is totally unacceptable!! This company needs to be held accountable for their actions, which in my opinion is NOT a child friendly site!!! Please be careful if your child utilizes Zoodles!!!
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