The Facebook Connection That's Reeling in Kids
Remember Oregon Trail -- the computer game in which you make your virtual way across the historic East-West wagon route without dying from dysentery or losing too many people? Since its debut in the early 1970s, the game has had many incarnations -- from basic computer program to iPhone app -- all the while teaching kids about U.S history and entertaining them along the way.
Continuing its march toward progress, Oregon Trail has now arrived on Facebook. And not to be outdone, another classic, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, is hot on its heels. While they're being marketed as nostalgic faves for grown-ups, they're also part of a growing and disturbing trend: kids' games and apps that connect to Facebook.
In a strange turn of events, it's not the content of the game that's of concern, but where the game needs to be played. I know plenty of kids have Facebook pages -- and clearly, game developers know this, too -- but amRead More »from Facebook Games for Kids?