Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Webkinz fun for all

I am wrapping up my series on online virtual worlds for children with a look at Webkinz.com. Webkinz is a site designed around the popular stuffed animals that you purchase at a retail store. If you have a child, you are probably already familiar with webkinz stuffed animals. To sign up for the website you must have a webkinz stuffed animal which will have a tag attached to it. Simply create a user name, password and provide the information found on the tag of the animal. The most important thing to remember is that you must keep track of your user name and password or your child will not be able to manage their registered animals.
The entire content of the site is very kid friendly. Children from 6 and up can find an activity that is suitable for them. Many of the games within Webkinz promote education and are age appropriate.
There is the ability to "chat" with other players within Clubhouse chat rooms. There are two available: KinzChat and KinzChat Plus. In KinzChat members select pre-constructed messages from chat menus. Members CANNOT type in their own messages. In KinzChat Plus messages are limited to words from a restricted dictionary. To enter the KinzChat Plus area, most members need parental permission. The parent can set access controls in the Parent's Area.
Overall, Webkinz is a fun and safe place for kids to get a start at online virtual worlds.


Gina said...

Interesting. I've never heard of it. Thank you for the review.

amy said...

There is an awesome new website for kids...its called Wishter.Net. You can create a wish list for birthday parties or for the holidays. It's still being built, but is working. I thought this kinds fit into the blog...have a nice day!