With dozens of virtual worlds for kids present on the internet today and their growing popularity amongst young children, how do parents know for sure which virtual worlds are entertaining, educational and safe all at the same time? MediaFreaks has launched a review site for virtual worlds to address this concern.
Online PR News – 31-October-2009 – – Singapore October 27, 2009 –
In 2007, Disney procured Club Penguin – a virtual world for kids - for $350 million with another $350 million on a backend deal. Soon after news of this phenomenal acquisition broke out, many game developers around the world attempted to follow after the footsteps of the entrepreneurial trio who created Club Penguin.
Today, dozens of other virtual worlds for kids have since been spawned. With such a buffet spread of kids’ entertainment sites online, how do parents know for sure if their children are exposed to safe and good content? Singapore based award-winning new media and 3d animation studio MediaFreaks has launched a comprehensive review site to address this concern.
Over the past year, MediaFreaks has been hard at work producing their own virtual world for kids – The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World, scheduled to launch on Christmas Eve this year. It will be arguably one of the most massive virtual worlds for kids to date, featuring over 100 locations in more than 10 countries across the world.
The MediaFreaks production team has been successful in garnering tens of thousands of signups across the world even before the official launch and also conducted polls to understand the needs and concerns of parents and kids with virtual worlds.
Aldric Chang - Chief Executive Producer of the Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World – says, “The results are unanimous. Safety issues and educational values are chief concerns for parents. Surprisingly kids also list these as key concerns although good games and graphics are their top priorities. Through our polls and interaction with the people who signed up, we are able to structure and mould our virtual world to make it as ideally safe and educating as it is exciting. Also, we decided that a review site for virtual worlds will be very useful to parents and kids alike. Thus the birth of http://virtualworldsforkids.info There are many choices out there and you don’t necessarily have to come to our virtual world, but do make sure you find out more about the virtual world you want to visit. We consider this a community service.”
In conjunction with the launch of the review site, an e-book titled “Raising Kids On The Internet”, is available to download for free at the site.
The 34 page comprehensive guidebook is presented to parents of all backgrounds or experience, whether they are veteran netizens or are still trying to familiarize themselves with the internet . Surprisingly, recent studies show that even experienced internet users have been found to be unfamiliar with many of the facts and issues regarding effective monitoring of children in online activities.
“If there is an instruction manual on how to be a parent, the section on technology and the internet would be worthy of several chapters for certain. Online activities add yet another dimension to the job of raising our children, as if worrying about them in the “real world” weren’t enough already. Hopefully this book will help to answer some of those questions, although the need for complete information and advice on this subject can never be overstated,” comments Aldric Chang, who authored the e-book.
Parents and kids who are interested to learn more about virtual worlds and internet safety should visit the VirtualWorldsForKids.info for more information.
Since the great success of Club Penguin, more virtual worlds for kids are introduced to the market every single year. VW for Kids was set up for the very purpose of providing up-to-date information and non-biased reviews of virtual worlds for kids.
About The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World
The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World is an exciting new massive online virtual world for kids aged 7 to 14 due to launch on Christmas Eve 2009. Parents can look forward to an educational and safe site for their children where they will be learning about history, geography, landmarks, famous people, inventions, animals and more. Children can expect hours of exploration and fun.
MediaFreaks is an award winning Singapore-based tech new media entertainment and 3d animation studio focusing on interactive digital media and animation products and services, with multiple monetizing models in the form of subscriptions, micro transactions, advertising, licensing and sales. It recently entered the realm of free online adventure games for kids.
About Aldric Chang
Aldric Chang is the Founding Managing Director of the Mediafreaks group and is best described as a creative entrepreneur with business interests in animation, cartoons, interactive digital media, internet marketing, web 2.0 and music. He shares tips on how to make money online on his blog.