kids on the net
February 18, 2007 12:51pm CST
my kids want to use the computer but i am so afraid of them getting on here and talking to perverts. what kind of game sites or things do you recomand for my kids? i have a 15 year old a 12 year old and my brothers kids come over they are 8 7 and 6. thanks
22 Feb 07
neopets.com is excellent for the younger ones, and it can also double as a learning tool, since the site has games dealing with math, spelling, etc. i used to use it when i tutored 2 brothers, 7 and 9 yrs old, and the only problem it caused was that their parents allowed them 1 hour of computer time a night, on alternating nights. this caused them to fight over whose night it was so that they could play neopets lol. the site may also be suitable for the older kids, though maybe they will think it is too cutesy or 'babyish'. if that is the case, you can have them try out superdudes.com which is for slightly older kids. you can create your own superhero, and play games online or against other players. but the way it works, your kids will never have to interact directly with other players. it's all done on request. for example. player A wants to play against player B. next time player B logs into the site, they receive a message requesting a battle/competition/quest etc. they can accept or refuse, but when the game begins, there aren;t actually 2 humans on real time. the game is pre-set by player A, and when player B decides to join, he or she plays against the RULES set by player A. if a re-match is wanted, player B has to then request one. Rules are then set in reverse. sounds complicated, but in fact it just means your kids will always be playing a computer (or internet interface), with a small human touch behind it, but no actual human :) oh, and neopets has an adult blocker, so that your children cannot access email features, where predators might try to attack them. very useful!
• United States
23 Feb 07
thank you, the kids are really enjoying the sites i also found a site for kids its www.webkins.com and they really like this site too. you get a stuffed toy and get online with a code that comes with your webkin and you have to feed it and stuff. it basically comes alive when you enter your webkin online.
18 Feb 07
For your older kids I'd recommend Pogo.com It has lots of different games on it, it's free to join, (unless you want to upgrade to become a member) and they can also chat in the game rooms they play in - all chats are moderated too so you don't have to worry about bad language or anything. For your brothers kids, I'm not too sure of anything available for kids that young - although I know there must be numerous things. I just haven't seen anything myself personally. For those, maybe you could buy a set of games for the PC. If you look in the right places, you can get a set of something like 50 games on one CD for the PC and those games tend to be good for kids of all ages.