Written on: 04/09/2006 by diamond stace (14 reviews written)
Plenty of games, lots of places for kids to give their views and to chat with other members in a chat room with supervising staff members.
Plant babies is a bit of a disappointment although for younger children may be entertaining.
Sections on the KidsCom website include games, Idea Seekers Universe, Plant babies, chat and buzz, Kidscom Club, cool stuff, adventure, make friends and create.
The games section includes a large number of games including action/adventure, sports, puzzle, silly fun games, brain corkers and Kidscom junior games. They also have 4 featured games of the week. Some of the games on the website allow kids to earn "KidsKash and Virtual Points". These can be collected by members. KidsKash can be gained by playing certain games on the site, joining certain adventures on the site and answering kidskash questions. They can be used to get items from the "Loot Locker". These items include comics, DVDs, door hangers, purses, etc. The Virtual Points are collected by playing certain games, from special promotions and from gaining badges. They can be spent on the virtual market space for virtual items or on plant babies.
Plant babies are basically virtual pets but are "plants". You must sign up to the website to use this feature. It allows you to choose a plant baby from 5, each having a different care rating from very easy to very hard. It is then up to you to look after it make sure it is fed etc.
The Idea Seekers Universe appears to only have 1 place on it at the minute which is where you can purchase things for your plant babies.
The chat and buzz section has many different options, these range from a kids chat which appears to be like a kids chat room with staff members monitoring it, a back to school message board, a weekly poll, a plant baby message board, "geek gadgets" which gives a new gadget, explains what it is and lets kids vote on whether its cool or not and give their opinion on it, a voice to the world section, kidskash questions for kids to answer and a pet arena.
The Kidscom club is a section for kids to sign up to membership, this is free but must be done to gain access to some features of the website. There is also a section on this page to give information to parents/teachers.
The Create section allows kids to make their own cards, scrapbook, write their own story, create gadgets, party invitations, music and share their jokes.
Overall I would say this is one of the best kids fun sites around and one of the safest as when membership is signed up for it asks for a parents email address and before the kids can go onto the chat sites etc the parent must consent to this, therefore parents will know what they're children are doing on the Internet.
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