Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2010 Website
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
Publisher: Zoodles
Zoodles is a well-executed "Net Nanny" software program that gives each registered child a semi-personalized selection of games selected by Zoodles staff members that includes offerings from PBSKids, Nickelodeon, and American Girl. The Zoodles basic software is free; upgrade for $3.33 per month for ad-free browsing on all sites, parental monitoring of time spent online, reports on a child's achievements and a parents-play-too mode.

A lot of thought clearly went into this application, including a full screen browser and a muted color scheme for Zoodles that allows the colorful games to pop. The idea of leaving a child alone to play computer games may be a lot less frightening for some parents when the Zoodles safety gates are in place. Zoodles can be a big help when parents can't be there to act as Internet chaperones.

Fran Wilde   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Fran Wilde is a writer, 3D simulation and web developer, and educator. She is an Interactive and Immersive Narrative Designer with Rezzable Inc. of London, England, was the Director of Web Services at The Park School in Baltimore, MD, for 10 years, and taught web design and programming at both Loyola College and at the University of Baltimore's Interactive Design and Information Architecture program. Her freelance clients include schools, corporations, and non-profit groups. She edits a group blog about family travel,, just for fun. Fran and her family currently live in Philadelphia, PA.

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