Are websites like “Animal Jam” appropriate for tweens and young children?

father child computer freemium websites pediatricianA parent and librarian is skeptical about whether “Animal Jam” and other freemium websites—which push users to pay for premium or additional services—are appropriate for children, and if they really have the educational value they claim.

Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Mediatrician” Michael Rich, MD, PhD, director of the Center on Media and Child Health, responds on Thriving.