She also started to be more dishonest in her day-to-day interactions. She was frequently sullen after using the game and was constantly obsessing over what object she was trying to get/trade and telling me stories about how "this person scammed me".
On occasions when she wasn't allowed to use her screen time she became intolerably angry.
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.
You be the mommy and I'll be your baby bunny sort of thing.
You cannot believe how the obsessive collecting, scamming and inappropriate chat these kids are encountering on this site could impact a child's behavior!
Don't let your kids play this game or others like it!!!!! Believe me, this trait is not rewarded on the animal jam web site. In it I stated some problems with the site, how kids were preying upon each other.
Mostly trading occurs on trading forums, but players have started to approach each other, encouraging them to use mail to send or gift each other the items.
My old review follows but it isn't applicable anymore, as trades are only made now when a pop-up appears in a totally different area of the screen, and the child has to move the mouse over and click there to complete the transaction, eliminating the possibility of trading without realizing you're doing it that I described below.
If you have sweet, considerate, trusting children who want to go on this site and see animals... They will be exposed to rude, selfish, manipulating children who steal, coerce, lie and use your child to take advantage of, and steal the items they may have. I wrote to the developers and complained, and they responded wonderfully.
My child has been crushed by the vicious manouvers of other mean kids. 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.
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?