Whyville is a kid-friendly online community where kids can explore, play educational games, chat with other citizens, and just have a lot of fun.
It's free! Of course, if you want to spend real money, you can buy "Pearls," a currency in Whyville which will allow you to purchase many things. But if you want to go a more economical way, you can learn how to earn "Clams." There are many ways to earn Clams and increase your salary.
Kids have a great time changing the way they look in Whyville. You can purchase a new hairdo, a hat, a funny nose, or even a t-shirt. The possibilities are endless! My son has discovered a way to make himself look like a cat.
Is it really safe? Yes! First of all, before anyone in Whyville can chat, they have to have a signed permission slip sent to Whyville. Once the permission slip is received, a short test is necessary which helps teach what forms of activities are not permitted in Whyville. Lastly, there is a reporting rule breakers quickly and easily. I should also mention that there are monitors that check around to see what's going on.
I say that it's fun for children, but I've had a lot of fun too! And I've learned a few things along the way.
Try it out yourself and see. If you think it's good for your child, introduce it to them. It's available at Whyville.net. My username is AmyBlack. See if you can find me!
Facts About Whyville
- Whyville is a virtual world where you can travel to different places, talk to numerous people, and learn valuable information.
- Whyville is based in Pasadena, California, but we have citizens who are from all over the world.
- Whyville was started in 1999, and already has over 4 million members! Each day around 1,000 more join!
- Our citizens are usually age 8-15.
- Whyville generates between 40 and 50 million page views a month. Wow!
- And last but not least, all of this is free! Anyone can join Whyville for the low price of $0!