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A Parent's Guide to Webkinz World

Updated on March 08, 2011

You may have heard of the Webkinz craze in the news, or from your child's friends, but it can be difficult to glean much solid information about it. The premise is simple enough: buy a stuffed toy, enter the code on its tag on the website, and you are granted access to a virtual world where you can interact with and control an online version of the plush animal. The tour on the site only tells you so much. Beyond that, it is hard to know just what you are getting you, or your child into. What sorts of games are available? How safe is the interaction that goes on between players? How do the activities on Webkinz World educate, as well as entertain, your child?

Entertainment

It is easy to see how Webkinz can provide hours of fun for the player, both on and off of the computer. Taking the stuffed-animal tea parties of our youth to a new level, your child's Webkinz can have social gatherings with other players in their very own room(s), decorated to his or her own taste from a number of themes and special items available for Webkinz' virtual currency, called KinzCash, on the site. Clothing and food are also "for sale" in the Webkinz W-Shop.

KinzCash is earned through a number of activities, such as daily "jobs" and games played in the Arcade or Tournament Arena in Webkinz World. Many of the games are familiar to us as adults-versions of Mahjong, Memory, Bejeweled and Battleships-as well as some games unique to Webkinz.

Education

Webkinz has more educational value than it has widely been given credit for. Taking care of Webkinz' needs for food, exercise, and playtime teaches children responsibility. Saving allowance for Webkinz accessories offline, such as clothing, charms, and trading cards, is complimented by learning the skill of budgeting one's KinzCash online. Your child learns to earn currency for tasks to save up for items he or she can "purchase" in the W-Shop, as well as exclusive items in the Curio Shop.

Many of the games and jobs also teach valuable skills, such as problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, recognizing and remembering patterns, and matching skills. Quizzy's Corner offers players a chance to earn KinzCash for correctly answering age-appropriate knowledge and reasoning questions, which opens up new possibilities in the Employment Office for daily jobs. Typing skills are honed by jobs like Mrs. Birdy's assistant, and games like Lunch Letters.

Safety

Children and the internet can make a bad combination, but Webkinz World takes many precautions to ensure your child's anonymity and safety. In the Parent's Area, you designate how much interaction you wish to be available to your child. No personal information is necessary to sign up, and none is shared between players. Chat during games and in the Clubhouse is limited to pre-formulated, appropriate phrases and words.

For the price of a plush toy, starting under $10, your child gets a full year of access to Webkinz World, with no additional fees or requirements. To renew, simply buy a new Webkinz and add it to your account, for another full year of play from that date! Good fun for good value, Webkinz is not only the latest craze-it's a smart choice for children of all ages on your Christmas list, one for which you're sure to get plenty of thanks, and they're sure to get plenty of usage!

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      max 5 years ago

      i need to have 1 or 1,000

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      ANSWER TO chief's QUESTION 6 years ago

      TO chef: webkinz DO NOT die I can assure you!! Last week I hadn't been on webkinz for over a week and when I logged in today to my account my webkinz were NOT dead they were perfectly fine ( just a little sad that I didn't see them for more than a week :) )! So don't be afraid to cut the computer time - your webkinz won't die!!! I don't even think webkinz die at all....but that's just my opinion. ;)

      Hope this helps!!!! :)

      ~your Q&A person :)

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      ANSWER TO hiss00's QUESTION :) 6 years ago

      TO hiss00: When you said the 'new clubhouse', did you mean the kinzchat plus area of webkinz world where you can type your own messages unlike the kinzchat area where you have to chose messages - you can't write your own? If so, here is the answer: your question was, "Where can my mom sign so I can go to the new clubhouse - kinzchat plus?" You can find the place where your mom can sign for you to go to the kinzchat plus area of the clubhouse by this: when you go to the front page of webkinz where you click the button to log in, there is a button on the same page that says "Parent's "Area", click on it. then there will be a button that says kinzchat plus or something like that. Click on it. Then there will be another button that says somthing like gain access to kinzchat plus, your mom will click a button that says allow my child to access kinzchat plus area, click on the I agree button. Your mom will have to write her email in the box so that Webkinz World will send her an email - she will have to agree to that email too before you can go to KINZCHAT PLUS, when she agrees.......YOU GET TO GO TO THE OTHER AREA OF THE CLUBHOUSE (called kinzchat plus) AND THEN YOU CAN TYPE IN YOUR OWN MESSAGES!!!! AWESOME, huh? :)

      I hope this helps...whats your webkinz account? Mine's CandyRose75...add me please!! :) ok I hope I help you....please comment back here and tell me if you read this and did it. Thanks!!! :)

      ~your Q&A ( questions and answers ) person!! Lol! :)

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      geogypsy 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I accidentally bought a Webkinz today. :-|

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      PeaceLover21 7 years ago from California

      hi people!

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      chef 7 years ago

      anyone know this: do you have to go and play online EVERY DAY lest your webkin die? We're trying to set a standard at home of three days/week online. Will that kill my sons webkin?

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      hiss00 7 years ago

      i love webkinz but i cant find where my mom is sopost to sighn to go to the new club house

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      logan 9 years ago

      WEBKINZ is ASEUME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Maddie Ruud 9 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Indeed, Patty, it is an updated merging of these sorts of toys. However, the gameplay online much more resembles a younger version of the Sims than the limited play of a Tamagotchi.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Is this something like a combination of Beanie Babies and the small electronic writstwatch-size "pets" of the 1990s that you had to tend to or they "died"? Webkinz look like more fun. Thanks for the infomration.

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