The problem is with addiction, and that the educational aspects of this are virtually nil, considering it is optional for the children to click on the educational facts, otherwise the main thing they will learn is materialism, as they strive to acquire possessions for their avatar. I left two messages on their phone line (which is never staffed apparently) and never got a call back. How can that be when the site has chat filters and constant moderation?
The aspect of the game that I had found disturbing was eliminated and the game is safer and doesn't feel predatory anymore. --------------- I strongly approved of this site when my children started playing it last year, but things have changed.
(My kids are 7 and 9, and yes they are a little young for the site, but I haven't had any issues with it until now).
For example, your child might be invited to a "stripped club" aka strip club.
This is a den where tables with torches or lamp posts have been set up and animals dance on the table. As for sex, your child may be invited to a private den party.
Animal Jam is educational and has the potential for a lot of good learning and fun.
Unfortunately, there's always bad apples that will spoil the bunch. Believe me, this trait is not rewarded on the animal jam web site.As of today we are back down to "Bubble Chat" only.I predict she will cry and pull out her hair for a few weeks but I am willing to do this because I feel so strongly that this type of game with a chat feature is not for children.The things I find negative don't really fall into the given categories, so I guess I have to write it down.All those good things about it are still true, it is educational, there is no selling of site products to them. It used to be the kids would play and interact and pretend with each other.Steps were taken to prohibit the scamming that players were able to perform on each other, several of my suggestions were incorporated fully into the game.