Disney Mix

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Safe intro to texting with filters, fun, games; set limits.

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age 13+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Disney Mix gives kids a scaffolded learning experience in using social media safely. Parents can turn Disney Mix into a learning experience for kids by discussing why some words are censored and how they could be considered vulgar, dangerous, or insulting. Also, parents can coach kids in balance, both in media use and listening skills in conversation.

Ease of Play

Setup requires parental assistance. Sending and receiving messages is intuitive.

Violence & Scariness

Kids can send gags that include a Venus flytrap-like flower eating the recipient's avatar and a platform that bounces them off screen.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Super-sensitive language censor blocks words that could be used in a negative way, including juvenile potty words ("number two") and potentially predatory words ("meet").

Consumerism

Disney products are notoriously cross-marketed. App features characters from current popular movies and Disney Channel programs, including a "Watch Now" meme for the shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Mix is a messaging app designed for tweens. Kids create an account with their age, birth date, first name, and parent's email address. They'll also need to create a username, which is used to log in, and an avatar name, which is what their friends see when messaging. When a kid creates an account or logs on to a different device, parents get an email notification. No parental approval is involved, but email includes a link to easily cancel the account; parents don't receive notifications of new friends or messages. To add a friend, kids must know the avatar's name. Language that may be even remotely offensive is censored and replaced with "- -" while the rest of the message is left intact. The privacy policy, terms of service, Disney's Children's Online Privacy Policy, and the Disney Mix Rules (stay safe, respect others, and keep it clean) are included in-app.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCupcakes222 December 21, 2016

It's fun!

Hi, i'm 16 years old girl and I think this app is really fun, sure there is censorship language but it's still fun
Kid, 9 years old July 26, 2017

Awsome

Awesome if u want to messages with friends.

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 ...

  • Families can talk about safe social media habits and allow kids some freedom to practice them within the "safer" environment of Disney Mix.

  • Explore our resources on cyberbullying and digital citizenship with kids to keep conversations open throughout their tween and teen years.

App details

  • 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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