Monday, December 14, 2009
Cartoon Network had a lot of fun and addicting games on the site that were aimed for 8-12 year olds. Most of the games were pretty straightforward like shooting garbage or fighting evil ninja. The only games that require an account were the game creators.
The creator I tested was Star Wars that requires and account to send the games to cartoon network.
The Fusion Fall game is a MMO game that was made by cartoon network. The game requires the player to make an avatar to fight the Fusion monsters. The filter was good it did not allow cussing and it made the avatar say coco over and over. The primary weapons in the game are laser guns and melee weapons like swords. The gun part may cause come concern for younger kids because their parents may not want them to be playing that type of game, even if it is just used to kill the monsters. The game is pretty safe because there was one problem I found with someone wanting a date and I have not seen anything else since. I give cartoon network and fusion fall a 7 out of ten
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I was extremely excited about reviewing Poptropica. It was requested that we review this site. I liked it a lot! It was very fun and adventurous. You started off by selecting your gender. Next, you pick your age. Then, you get to pick your name and your apparel for your cartoon. Now, you are ready to start playing the game. You get to pick the location on the map that you want to go to. You can select any of the nine locations of the map. I found many good things about Poptropica. One of the things that I found was that you cannot say any profanity. The downside of this is that you can only pick from three pre-approved questions that are chosen for you. You can also battle people in different games. My favorite game was head-to-head hoops. Overall, Poptropica was a very approved site. It scored 8 out of 10.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I have recently been trying out the Habbo site and have found some very interesting information. This site is basically a social network that has the players kinda looking like Legos. You are able to go to a hotel and go to different rooms. To me, this website looked really confusing when I first looked into it. I have found that there are certain rooms that you are able to go to and there are some called the "dating rooms." In this room there are chairs set up and you are able to sit in them and another person is able to come up to you and talk. While I was watching everybody do this I saw many people asking where other were from and how old they were and personal information. This concerned me because most of the people were saying they were over the age of twenty and there were also young kids on the site talking to these older people. Some of the people were saying they wanted to go to thier rooms with these people and while they are there they talk and this is a perfect spot for predators to talk to your children. Many of the people in Habbo try to say a dirty word and they can easily do it by just saying the word with an extra letter. When they try to type in the dirty word it instantly changes to the word "bobba." You will be typing a sentence, for instance, " You're a bobba." You have to use your imagination to understand what they are saying. I do not think that this site is appropriate for kids at a young age or teenagers. This is a site that I know most parents will not approve of. For this site I would rate it a two out of ten. I know many people will not want their kids playing on this site.
Monday, November 30, 2009
PBS kids is a popular channel for kid's television shows. PBSkids.org is a great site that builds on fundamentals that are taught in their shows. For each show, their is a fun and educational game and video. Kids are not required to have an e-mail address or profile; they are allowed to simply watch videos and have fun. These games show kids how to recognize shapes, words, and numbers.This Curious George game helps kids to recognize simple shapes while having fun finding holiday presents with their favorite cartoon character.
The short movies children can watch are fun and educational. They are also completely child appropriate. This is a short clip that goes along with the Curious George game pictured above.
In this movie The Man in the Yellow Hat helps George find the perfect present for all of his friends. Not only does PBS kids.org have games and movies about Curious George, but they also feature other beloved childhood characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Elmo from Sesame St. This site is completely age appropriate and educational. However, I feel that kids would have a great time while learning because they get to play with their favorite television characters. This is an all-around fun and age appropriate kid site and therefor, earns a 9 out of 10.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I reviewed Ninja Kiwi so kids could see if it was alright to play on it. I found many great games for kids to play. There are a few games that i gave a ten out of ten. Most of them came from the 'Bloons' series. My favorite of these was Bloons Tower Defense Four. Basically you put monkeys out that do different things to pop balloons. You can also get upgrades for the monkeys to pop them faster and to pop more of them. But, if you start playing you may not stop because it is very addicting. There were many other fun games to play, but I do not think that kids under thirteen should play on this site. One reason is that if you look at the second picture, you will see a girl in nothing but a bra and some panties. I thought it was pretty bad to have on a kid's gaming website. There were a few other things that made this site not appropriate for kids under the age of thirteen. One of the major things is that some of the 'action' games were not appropriate for some kids. I did not check them out because I could tell by the way that it looked that it was not suitable for younger kids. I do not recommend this site for kids under the age of thirteen.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Club Penguin is a kids social site, presented by Disney. In club penguin kids get to make there own penguin and dress them up. Once the kids sign up, there parents get an email, to read the terms and conditions, and once the parents agree to the terms and conditions the child's penguin is activated. They can play games and chat with people all over the world.
You can play many games on Club Penguin. You can play any game you think of. In every building that you go in has multiple games that you can play. Some of these games lets you play with other people. One of my personal favorites on the game is Go Surfing. In this you can take your penguin surfing, and after your run you get points so you can buy clothes, pets, and gear.
Other feature on Club Penguin is chatting. You can travel the penguin world, and chat with all different penguins around the world. This lets children talk with each other, and to become friends. When you are chatting, if you say a bad word, or any thing insulting, you will be kicked off immediately. This is a good feature, because this way children will have better netiquette, learn not to use inappropriate words, and have better sportsmanship.
Overall ranking: 9 out of 10