A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Messaging friends goes beyond words and emoji with DISNEY MIX. Kids can customize an avatar and save several versions to easily switch between them. They can message friends through traditional text messages -- censored with a strong filter -- and send stickers featuring characters from Disney channel shows. They can also create games and quizzes to share with friends or design memes using screenshots from Disney movies and their own words. Settings can be customized to receive push notifications about new messages.
Is it any good?
Safety measures galore make this messaging app a great first social media experience for kids, and the extras make it so fun to send messages that it could be difficult to put on the brakes. It's all part of the learning process for kids, though, in figuring out how some words can be offensive or dangerous as well as how to set boundaries for reasonable messaging volume. Of course, it wouldn't be Disney without some promotion involved, and kids can stay up-to-date on Disney music, movies, and shows through the app, too. Parents may want to consider the costs and benefits of introducing messaging and device-based social connections to kids as there's little chance of turning back. It's also important to communicate about limits before downloading Disney Mix so the family is clear about the rules to keep activities in balance.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 28, 2016
- Category: Social Networking
- Topics: Friendship
- Size: 104.00 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
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