Many parents today are concerned about their children be meeting and chatting with other people online. Webkinz understands this concern and therefore have they built in a smart way in which to protect children while still allowing them to be friends with one another. This smart system is known as “Kinz Chat.”
So, what exactly is Kinz Chat? It is a system that will allow a child to choose from a variety of phrases in order to construct a sentence or ask a question. Thanks to this system, there is no possible way in which to construct anything inappropriate. This is because the words and phrases are highly controlled.
There is a more relaxed, but still safe, option that is also available. It is called “Kinz Chat Plus.” With Kinz Chat Plus your child is able to write their own sentences. However, this chat system operates based upon its own dictionary. Thus, if a word or phrase is not found in this dictionary, then it cannot be used and hence it will not show up online. One nice thing about Kinz Chat Plus is that besides words and phrases, most common names and places have also been eliminated. Therefore, this works well for older children or even for children who would like to interact with other children by utilizing their parents’ help.
Regardless of which type of Kinz Chat you use, you will only be able to chat with members that you have placed on your friends list. In order for this to occur yo must personally give someone your user name. This is not an open, automated process. There is also no way in which to search for or locate other players while you are on Webkinz.
Of course, even with all of this built in safety, a parent still needs to be responsible for their child whenever he is playing on Webkinz. After all, there are a lot of skeptics who truly believe that it is only a matter of time until someone finds a way to work around the safety measures in Kinz Chat Plus. As a parent this means that you have to be diligent so that you can take note as soon as this happens, if it does actually happen.