Sunday, December 9, 2012

Is Wizard101 A Kid Safe Game?

Why Let My Kids Play?

Wizard101 is interactive, social entertainment… and fun for the whole family! 

Wizard101 is a multi-player adventure game designed to be easy-to-learn and fun for kids and adults of all ages. And because the game is designed to encourage social activity and interaction among the players, it’s a great form of entertainment for families. If you have always wondered what types of video games your kids like to play, here’s your chance to find out…and enjoy it!

Wizard101 can be a reward! 

Video games can be a lot of fun, and many parents worry their kids will play the games too much. If your kids really like Wizard101 (and we think they will), consider using time in Wizard101 as a reward for doing homework, completing chores, or participating in physical exercise. We think video games are great fun, but they should never be a substitute for the important things in life.



Try the Game for Yourself

We encourage all our parents to know what their kids are doing online, so we invite you to try Wizard101 for yourself before you make the decision about letting your child play.
It's free, and you might find you're having fun too!

Internet Safety

KingsIsle Entertainment has developed Wizard101 to be an exciting and fun online experience for people of all ages. We believe that an important part of delivering online entertainment is to provide a safe environment for all players, and that’s a responsibility we take seriously. 

To that end, we’ve implemented features in the game that are specifically designed for player safety.

Everyone 10+
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has given Wizard101 a Rating of "E10+". 

For more information about this rating, please visit the ESRB Ratings Guide.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry. Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB 

ESRB ratings are designed to provide concise and impartial information about the content in computer and video games so consumers, especially parents, can make an informed purchase decision.

An Important Note

While developing Wizard101, we realized the style and content of the game would appeal to all ages. As a result of our young audience, we decided to incorporate safeguards that make online play a generally safe and positive experience (especially when dealing with other players). 

Below, you can read about some of the features and functions we have placed in the game in order to create a safe environment. By creating a parent account, you are able to turn these features on or off and determine the acceptable level of safety for your children.

Menu Chat

As shown above, Wizard101 features a safe Menu Chat system that offers a wide range of pre-selected phrases, greetings and emotions that give players flexibility with in-game communication while keeping exchanges safe and family-friendly.

Pre-Generated Player Names

As shown above, all player names are selected from pre-configured lists that allow a player to choose a name from thousands of potential combinations. A player can choose a name that reflects his/her individuality but not one that is inappropriate or reveals too much personal information.

Parental Controls

In the "My Accounts" account management settings we have included Parental Controls which allow the parent to set a password that only you know, which restricts access to your credit card information. These Parental Controls also allow you to manage your child's account settings such as the ability to chat with other players.

We encourage all parents to enable the Parental Control Password as it will prevent your child from making purchases without your knowledge.

Moderated Message Boards

Our message boards have been designed to allow players to exchange game information and experiences, ask questions about the game, and generally socialize with other players. To ensure all interactions are safe, we have a team of moderators overseeing all message board activity. They review, edit, and sometimes delete inappropriate messages so the message board discussions stay safe and on track.
Our message board review system was designed to filter inappropriate language, topics, and players’ personal information before messages are posted. We will remain diligent in these efforts to ensure the message boards remain constructive, fun, and safe for players of all ages.

To learn more about keeping your child safe online, here is a list of articles and websites that will encourage discussion and provide more tips and information.
  1. Children Online
  2. FBI's Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
  3. FTC's OnGuard Online
  4. Get Safe Online
  5. FEMA for Kids
  6. Google Tips for Online Safety
  7. Connect Safely
There's also an online consciousness contract that you and your family can sign to help with awareness and behaviors online. This contract is located at The Parent / Child Digital Consciousness Contract

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