There’s Poptropica, a fantasy archipelago where kids ages six to 15 roleplay and complete quests.
There’s the Finnish Habbo Hotel, the National Geographic-owned Animal Jam, the Disney-owned Club Penguin, and more.
Virtual worlds like Fantage are fun, innocent, bright-colored versions of the massively-multiplayer online games that teenagers and adults play.
They also unintentionally function as online dating sites for the elementary and middle school set.
A good picture will help you stand out from the rest of the pack, who usually post not-so-great photos of themselves, and it can get you noticed quicker by the people you want to date. Let them find your friend in his or her own profile.
Don't post pictures with grown children, male or female friends or with your parents. This is a common complaint of both men and women at online dating sites. I had to call his cell phone to identify him because no one in the place looked like the picture of the man I'd seen online. You're not doing yourself a favor posting pictures that are older than two or three years. Make sure your face fills up most of the picture frame. If you decide to put either on a dating site, make sure it's the second, third or fourth picture.
"First, you find a good looking one," one user explained in a You Tube video entitled "How to get a girlfriend on Fantage." "Then you ask her to be ur girlfriend. Boyfriends and girlfriends can do little besides chat, go to the virtual pizza parlor, play games against each other, and send heart emoticons back and forth.If you decide to meet, he or she is going to see your body anyway, so you may as well show it all upfront in a full length picture and let people decide what they want to do about it.Your power is in determining whether or not they are worthy of dating you. Do use a professional photographer or a friend who knows how to take a good casual picture."This site is for younger children, and we do a lot of things to stop that sort of behavior for the audience," he said, when asked about dating within Club Penguin.Ultimately, stopping predators from grooming children is much more important than preventing kids from pretend dating.
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