Webkinz The Next Big Thing

Webkinz the​ Next Big Thing
Kids find out stuff way before we do. By we, I ​ mean parents. What are they finding out now? Webkinz. Yes you heard it​ right Webkinz. Do they have anything special to​ do with the​ internet? I ​ guess you could say they do. Like the​ hundred or​ so fad toys before them, Webkinz are yet another. They are not specially cute, but they are plush.
They come in​ all varieties, including pandas, ponies, unicorns, dogs and​ my daughters favourite, monkeys. They are made by Ganz. Talk about rare. the​ retail for​ around $1415 as​ of​ writing but you try to​ find them! Popular isnt the​ word for​ it. Do they talk and​ walk? No. What makes them special is​ their secret code an ID that is​ imprinted on their collar tag. the​ ID gives the​ owner a​ FREE year of​ access to​ Webkinz World.
Webkinz World is​ a​ site specially created for​ kids. Webkinz World has games, contests and​ a​ virtual or​ cartoon version of​ their real stuffed animal. Just like facebook or​ myspace it​ also includes a​ social networking element that is​ safe for​ kids because theyre specifically limited to​ preset phrases to​ say.
Remember the​ Tamagochi and​ Furbees? for​ those not in​ the​ know they were a​ hit a​ few years back for​ kids and​ some adults alike. Much like these the​ online Webkinz pets use artificial intelligence to​ simulate living breathing creatures. Kids have actually started to​ report back that they consider their pet to​ be alive… if​ you ever had a​ Tabagochi or​ a​ Furbee in​ the​ house, you are probably wondering whether it​ was healthy for​ a​ child along with plotting how to​ do away with the​ endless beeping!
So, my opinion…
Is Webkinz like having a​ real pet? Should you let your child get into the​ Webkinz fad?
One advantage is​ that it​ isn’t real. Dont get me wrong I ​ love pets. These ones don’t shed hair, bite, bark, piddle, chew, eat, need a​ walk, need looking after while you are on vacation. They also stay alive as​ long as​ your child wants it​ to​ ;
Another advantage is​ that the​ Webkinz World is​ a​ safe environment where no one gets out a​ ​gun​ and​ shoots or​ a​ sword and​ chops!
Disadvantages include restricting your childs creativity and​ imagination by the​ software.
There is​ a​ danger that the​ online community will take the​ place of​ facetoface interaction.
Difficult to​ get hold of​ Try buying a​ Webkinz on eBay they are very difficult to​ secure.
Without doubt Webkinz are commercially driven. Will they want more as​ they tire of​ their monkey, unicorn or​ dog?
What happens after the​ first year? You lose site access do you have to​ buy another Webkinz?
What I ​ would say is​ have a​ go online first before you let your child does it​ fit your family values? My daughter thinks so.

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