With due supervision, there are many useful resources on the internet for children.
Miss Bimbo isn't one of them.
Miss Bimbo offers the chance to 'become the most famous, beautiful, sought after bimbo across the globe!' In the game, players find a cool place to live, a job, shop for the latest fashions, become a socialite, date famous 'hotties' and, more worrying, resort to medications (diet pills) or plastic surgery in a bid to becoming the reigning bimbo.
While the site warns registrants must get their parents permission if they're under 18, there's nothing to stop any child registering. In fact, the site is targeted at the 9-16 age group.
Concerned about possible impact on body image and associated eating patterns, welfare groups are understandably up in arms. Read here, here and here for starters.
Bill Hibberd, of parents' rights group Parentkind, quoted in the Times article, says the game sends a dangerous message to young girls.
"It is one thing if a child recognizes it as a silly and
stupid game but the danger is that a nine-year-old
fails to appreciate the irony and sees the Bimbo as
a cool role model. Then the game becomes a
hazard and a menace."
However, the creators of "Miss Bimbo" claim it is "harmless fun." As reported in the Times article, Nicolas Jacquart, the 23-year-old French web designer who created it, denies it's a bad influence for young children, saying they learn to take care of their bimbos and that the missions and goals are morally sound and teach children about the real world.
Right. That's okay then.
Of course, while registration is free, there's nothing like the money being charged to players for text messages to buy bimbo dollars/goods to skew your judgement.