Saturday, February 25, 2012

Webkinz

Heard of Webkinz? They are the new and approved stuff animal for the younger generation.  Each comes with a unique code that allows you to gain access to an online world where you make an account and can take care of your pet and talk to others.  However the chat options are limited because you can only select a response from a list provided.  I think this is quite clever because since this is a primarily younger audience it is good to have safety and privacy precautions.  This is just another case of how the world is becoming digital. Today the child's favourite toy is a Webkinz, tomorrow a cellphone.  All technology based and connecting people together.

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  1. I have heard of Webkinz! It has been around for about a five years now. I love it and I am a huge fan and have been on it for 5 years now. I definitely agree with you that it blurs the physical world in a cool and unique way. I think it is a good introduction for children in the online gaming world because they can create their own homes, play with other people, can become friends with them and invite them to their home which is similar to a 'profile.' Webkinz online has a unique way of creating user-participation. This is through the animals talking rather then the children talking, so there is a selected and limited conversation. So in that sense it is cool to see safety precautions that the site has.

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