I recently attended the launch event for Kung Fu Panda World from Dreamworks, hosted by Alphamom‘s Isabel Kallman. This browser-based online world lets kids play games, chat with friends, trade goods, master kung fu styles, get a pet or explore the Kung Fu Panda world. Chose from 3 kung fu styles (Tiger, Monkey and Panda) — each offering a different game experience. More styles will be introduced in the future.
- Locations from the movie, plus all new areas to explore. Characters featured are Po, Master Shifu, and The Furious Five.
- Goal-oriented activities and games.
- Kids will be able to find their friends instantly with an mapping system, making it easy to play, chat and explore with them.
- Kids can choose from over 18 million combinations for their Kung Fu characters, including names.
I loved the safety features. As a mom of a 4 1/2 year old who now uses the computer regularly — I liked the Parent Panel. It lets parents oversee and manage their child’s account. Parents can choose how much time (including daily access) their children can have and parents can see their child’s progress on the site. I also liked that it’s browser -based, so nothing is downloaded or installed. Also, no personal information is solicited or shared and chat is filtered and monitored. The site closes at 9pm every night.
Parents can purchase a monthly subscription ($5.99 per month), but before committing, the site does allow a child to try it free for the day.