We are considering getting this game but I have no experience with online games and how safe they are for kids. Can someone online invite my kids into their pod...and then what happens? I see people have bought this game for their kids...is there a safe mode? A filter where you can only invite friends? Is this a featuer that has been discussed as Little Big Planet looks like a kids game but it sounds like tons of adults like it too.
Look for my review as I address the parental aspects.
People don't just show up in your "pod", they see you in a game level, and may ask to follow you. Unless you have a keyboard or bluetooth, it's not too easy to communicate. But, even so, if the worst of the worse is allowed to follow, you are still safe. If the child does not have the common sense to keep their information private, then that child should not be unmonitored in anything in their life. You can also block the person, or kick them from a game. But, that never happens. It's not just a game for kids, it's a game for everyone.
Your other option is to simply disconnect the internet from the unit as the game is fully playable without online access.
Just as a side note, I've noticed that the Little Big Planet interface invites no fowl language or otherwise offensive communication. Online gaming in LBP consists of goofy romps through strange levels and the occasionally return to a user's pod for decorating, slapping, and making silly faces. Actual communication is minimal, usually.
I stopped allowing my 9 year old to play while connected. Many places he ended up in were highly inaproppriate (death row? With electric chair?). I have seen curse words in several instances. People who were clearly adults were asking to follow/ join him and he was getting more messages from people that I don't know than I do in my own email. Makiing your own stuff might be interesting, but he always seemed to end up spending alot of time hanging out with others, just slapping them and getting slapped or hit on the head with something. Not a fan.