Under the National Geographic brand, you will assume this is a "safe" game, with parental controls, but that is not the issue. My daughter's account was hacked into by another player who lied to my daughter (she thought he was a moderator) and all her things were "stolen." Animal Jam had the nerve to send an automated response to my email complaints. The past week, however, we noticed that she was being exposed to a great deal of foul language and sexual activity on this kid-friendly site.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?
People who enter a chat and listen/read without responding are called lurkers and the practice is called lurking.Microsoft announced this morning that, to reduce criminal exploitation of children, pornographic spam, and other inappropriate uses, the company will shut down its free MSN chat rooms in Asia, Europe, and Latin America and will limit the service in Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States.The changes will take effect October 14, according to Microsoft, and will affect all the countries in which MSN is available.While he worked, the man surprised him by touching him inappropriately.The abuse continued for another five years and included violent rape and other crimes.