My son got this for his last birthday, he turned 6. We love it!! Yes, I said We!! My kids have always played on the internet since they were very young so they had some experience. I think the worst part of this interactive toy is that there is a remote to add friends, which you can send things to and such, and teaching them to keep the password to themselves. Those are not really that bad.
You put the code in online and once you sign in you can play games to earn money to buy rooms, or items, for your webkinz house. You can start a garden which has to be tended everyday, you can make recipes out of different ingredients using an interactive stove, you can play games to earn your money, and you can even buy games to put in your house that are interactive. I think this teaches responsibility in many ways and also teaches kids to budget. My son has a bad habit of selling everything off so he knows he has money but now he has to buy the things back that his webkinz needs. There are many daily activities the kids can play. There is also a hospital that you can take your webkinz if he gets sick.'
They are adding new things all the time. Recently they added badges that your child can earn by completed different classes, which of course they have to pay for the course. I would recommend this to anyone who has school age children as it teaches a lot. My son's school teacher bought a webkinz for her class to take care of throughout the school year and he just loves that!!