Lead the team that created the virtual world
Nickelodeon launched Nicktropolis on January 30, 2007, a completely new kid-targeted multi-media experience that offered visitors the opportunity to engage in a virtual world filled with their favorite web-based activities. At Nicktropolis kids for the first time had their own virtual community where they had the opportunity to play games, watch video, explore Nickelodeon-branded and original environments, interact with other kids or Nickelodeon characters in real time, and create their own personalized rooms.
Nicktropolis incorporated numerous safety features to ensure kids’ virtual playground experience is as safe as possible. Participation in Nicktropolis relied entirely on the anonymous registration system, which does not allow kids to divulge personal, identifiable information. As a result, it is COPPA compliant. Before entering Nicktropolis, a set of ground rules must be read and agreed to by the user, which are sent to the parent listed during registration.
As part of the safety features, parents have the option to control their child’s settings in Nicktropolis. This includes limiting their child’s chat settings and setting their security levels of where and with whom they can visit on Nicktropolis. Kids can also block users if they do not wish to interact with them. Kids can chat in real-time using pre-written messages and a sanitized, kid-appropriate dictionary which includes a foul language filter and limits the type of information kids can provide to other users. Parents’ must opt-in for their child to use the kid-appropriate dictionary. Nicktropolis is monitored, and features a “report button” should any concerns arise.
First of its kind
character based chat bots
First of its kind
Virtual world for kids
First of its kind
Comprehensive parental controls
Nicktropolis opened in January of 2007. It was a very unique gaming experience for fans of the many popular Nickelodeon characters and television shows. You could visit Jimmy Neutron or even hang out at Spongebob’s Pineapple with your online Nicktropolis friends. It also had a super awesome carnival-like atmosphere by having midway games and carnival rides.
Since launching, Nicktropolis has garnered approximately 14 million visits and almost 500 million page views, along with a total of 108 million gameplays. Within Nicktropolis, the average time spent per week per visitor in May was 43.4 minutes (source: Omniture SiteCatalyst).
Videos of Nicktropolis in Action
My Nicktropolis Patent
Parental Control for Multiple Virtual Environments of a User
United States US20110219084 A1
The patent is for a computerized method is for controlling a virtual environment of a user and includes providing, over a communications network, a plurality of virtual environments in which a user is able to interact with other users using electronic messaging. The computerized method also includes transmitting, from an authentication server, information about the plurality of virtual environments to a first computing device associated with an agent in response to user request for access to a restricted electronic messaging format associated with one of the virtual worlds. The computerized method further includes receiving, at the authentication server, an indication of authorization from the first computing device, wherein the indication of authorization includes a separate indication of authorization associated with each of the plurality of virtual environments.