What’s a Wookie, you ask?
I said WOOGI not WOOKIE.
A Wookie is a large furry fictional creature with a bad temper and likely a body odor issue.
A Woogi, well, a Woogi is a little cute fictional creature that kids can use to play fun games and participate in educational activities. All this fun is had online in a virtual world that teaches kids about internet safety and life values all through cute games and activities.
What exactly is Woogi World?
Woogi World is a virtual online world that mimics a social network platform but in a way to help children develop skills that will benefit the world around them.
From the site:
The Woogi World Solution (our mission):
Through our safe, and engaging virtual world, www.woogiworld.com, elementary age children worldwide are becoming responsible Internet users and goodwill ambassadors, learning and implementing the character traits that are helping them be good influences in their homes, schools, and communities—ultimately leading out in the global “Woogi phenomenon” of kids driving good works.
Why do we need Woogi World?
The creators of Woogi World heard the pleas of parents who are finding their children turning into self-absorbed video game addicts who have no real interest in the world around them. They saw an opportunity to use the new tools available such as the internet and social networks and create a place to help encourage a better community all over the world.
Acording to the website, this is what makes Woogi World different and better:
Our Strategic and Competitive Differences:
Bottom line: www.woogiworld.com is the ONLY children’s virtual world that is benefiting society!
- WW promotes BALANCE by bringing elementary children online to learn, and motivates them (through points and prizes), to apply their learning through offline experiences.
- WW games, activities and adventures teach and promote positive behavior and character development.
- WW actively promotes selfless serving as it discourages materialism, greed, and hoarding.
- WW teaches the “Power of One” as it motivates and rewards families to get involved in charitable
- WW promotes, teaches and rewards healthy, active living—physical, mental and emotional fitness.
- WW’s full program is free to all children.
- NO Fortune 500 corporation owns or controls CW, so we maintain complete autonomy over WW.
- WW’s sponsorship model allows corporate America to actively participate in the process of teaching leadership, integrity, critical thinking and community participation
- WW is endorsed by lawmakers, government and private organizations.
- WW is distributed to, and nationally endorsed by elementary schools.
- WW games, activities, and adventures are critically-thinking couched, thus assisting elementary schools and staff to meet national NCLB (No Child Left Behind) mandates.
- WW is committed to providing a meaningful environment where children and their families continually learn how unique and important they and their contributions truly are.
So what’s the big deal, why can’t I just keep my kid away from the internet and teach him myself?
The internet is not going anywhere, and in a world where many parents (ahem) spend an increasing amount of time on the internet themselves with blogs, websites and businesses, avoiding it does not help teach kids the best, safest and proper ways to use it. Not only that, Woogi World provides a platform to allow our kids to communicate with, interact with and learn about other children across the globe. What an amazing experience!
The creators of Woogi World want to become a tool, THE tool that schools turn to teach certain skills.
From the website:
- Proper, positive character traits and skills that include:
- Internet behavior and safety
- Service to others
- Proper health and nutrition
Balance between time on and off the Internet The value and benefit of actively participating in the community
An “Accidental Mommy” perspective on Woogi World:
First of all, let me say that I spent about an hour, by myself, exploring Woogi World and I liked it! I know I didn’t even touch on 1/2 of what they have to offer. The graphics are adorable, the setup is a lot of fun and just playing with the character and his “accessories” that my son had already earned was too cute!
Previously, Jacob had been playing in Woogi World earlier in the day. I stood over his shoulder for awhile as he discovered things. He too, probably has a lot more to discover and figure out, and for now I know his favorite things were the arcade and just exploring the maps. He’s almost 5 and some of it will take him a bit longer to figure out since it is geared towards elementary school and he’s only in preschool.
Jacob loves playing Woogi World and is constantly asking if he can play. I cannot comment yet on if Woogi World achieves the goals it’s creators have set out to achieve, but so far it certainly seems to have the potential to.
How can you sign up for Woogi World?
Anyone can join and play Woogi World (elementary school age or younger) for FREE. The basic account has no charge and seems to have a lot of features. There is an option for an upgraded account for $6.95/mo. that has extra features.
From the site:
Not only does it unlock in-game features and areas in Woogi World for your child, it also entitles them to special recognition and awards from state and national government and makes them eligible for real-world prizes.
$6.95/mo. is roughly the cost of 2 video game rentals from your local video store a month and comes with unlimited access to games and activities that will serve your child so much better in the long run.
Over 50,000 schools nationwide are involved in the Woogi World program. Also, On September 1, 2008, Woogi World launched a partnership with Studies Weekly and the Humane Society. Every child enrolled in a participating classroom will receive a “secret code” to log onto Woogi World and participate in online activities. This secret code allows students to access information relevant to the academics they learn in the classroom.
I highly recommend that you sign up for a FREE account at Woogi World and check it out. Your kids will thank you, I guarantee it!