Monday, December 31, 2007

Virtual Worlds for Kids -- versus Real Ones

I have succumbed to Webkinz to the tune of two dolls. One is a very ugly pig. The other is a cute dalmation, about to be a birthday present.

What I haven't succumbed to is the amount of time other parents let their children spend on these Virtual Worlds -- Webkinz, Club Penguin, Gaia, etc. The NYT article yesterday -- "Web Playgrounds of the Very Young" -- gives some of the staggering audience figures, including 6MM uniques in November for Webkinz (including my daughter and most of her friends).

What are they learning? Is there any real studies in this regard?

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