This post is sponsored by Animal Jam in association with National Geographic. My boys’ obsession with Animal Jam has been going on for about a year, and they were ridiculously excited to be given memberships after playing the free version for so long.
A few days of the week, my oldest asks if he can use my laptop at a certain time in the afternoon because he and a few friends set up an Animal Jam playdate: a time when they would all be online and able to play the game with each other.
If you’re not familiar with Animal Jam, it’s an online playground for kids who love animals. Players can create and customize their own animal characters and dens, chat with friends, team up for adventures, and feed their curiosity about animals and the world around them.
Animal Jam was created in partnership with National Geographic. Along with playing, kids can learn about life sciences and even ask real life scientists questions. My boys were so excited that they got to meet the real life Dr. Brady Barr this summer at Family Forward.
All educational material, including Animal Jam Academy, is accessible to players for free. There are activities that you can print and work on offline, so it’s not just another online game for kids.
Animal Jam memberships are available for players who want access to additional animals, accessories, dens, and den items. Click for Animal Jam Membership details. My boys played the game for almost a year without memberships, though when they got their memberships, one of my boys declared “This is the best day of my LIFE!”
What my boys like about Animal Jam is learning about animals, going on adventures, and being able to play with their friends. With their memberships, “We get so much more stuff, like diamonds and animals and hosting adventures.”
Aside from the educational aspect, what I really like about Animal Jam is how it teaches digital citizenship and online safety, ensuring players are aware of how to be safe online.
While players can chat with each other, they can only use preapproved safe chat words and Animal Jam will not allow messages to go through their chat filters if there’s a chance of questionable content. Users can also block or report each other, so kids can feel like they have some control over what they are seeing. Animal Jam will send the parent an email if their child has been trying to use chat in an inappropriate way.
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