Please find below some answers to the most common questions we get (more can be found here):
What can you do at Shidonni ?
In Shidonni, children are able to draw their own imaginary animals and worlds and play with them as they come to life through animation.
Shidonni is based on three main elements:
We reward creativity – every creative activity is rewarded with additional design tools to enhance a child’s user experience allowing for even more imaginative fun!
Why is Shidonni better and different?
Shidonni emphasizes creativity and encourages creative thinking.
Shidonni moves away from preset items, templates and an over commercial currency based activity. Children are not merely putting together ready-made parts and winning "money" as they do in other sites.
We encourage children to actually create and develop their own ingenious worlds. They can go wherever their imagination takes them. We believe that encouraging creativity is crucial in counteracting today’s "ready –made culture". Next to creativity, our games and activities promote the essential values of responsibility and friendship.
In addition, Shidonni helps to develop the right hemisphere of the brain, which is strongly associated with creativity and imaginative thinking. You can read more about this through our White Paper which you can download for free here.
What do professionals, educators and parents say about Shidonni?
Here are just 2 quotes from the many comments we have received:
“Shidonni is an amazing way for kids to express themselves creatively. ... I am really in awe of this site and its capabilities. The site is simple enough for kindergarten students to use but will keep even 5th grade students intrigued.
(iLearn Technology )
“The intrinsic reward that comes from creating something from nothing with one’s own hands and sharing it with others is timeless and priceless……the makers of Shidonni bring the simple concept of creative illustration to life online. Bravo!”
(Linda Young, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist and family cyber-safety expert)
More can be found here.
What does it cost ?
Shidonni is a free to play world. You can register for free and gain access to most of the features in the game.
Users who choose to upgrade their accounts to "Shidonni Pro" benefit from additional creative elements such as more colors, more worlds to draw and special brushes, effects and sharing capabilities.
Learn more about Shidonni-Pro benefits here.
We are constantly adding new content and tools for the free and Pro accounts, whilst continuing to offer both an ad-free and safe and fun experience.
Who is playing ?
Shidonni is ideal for children from the ages of 4 to 12. We created Shidonni as a safe entry to "internet literacy" even for our youngest users,
Younger children will enjoy doodling and playing with their creations as they come to life, while primary level children will be able to enjoy more elaborate games and text based activities such as the animated book.
Shidonni purposely uses as minimum written text as possible, allowing even pre-school children to play and enjoy Shidonni independently.
Is Shidonni Safe ?
Shidonni is a safe place for kids and is consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Safe Harbor Principles for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).
We do not collect personal information from unregistered children.
We provide a safe registration process gathering the minimal information about each account.
Most notably, we only allow children which know each others user-names to connect.
We carefully monitor any creation that is being shared globally by our trained team.