A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum is a match-3 game geared toward young audiences. Though the focus on the toys is kid-friendly, the app itself is not made by Disney. Instead, it's made by partner Line, which is a communications app that blends text and Skype-like functionality. LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum encourages players to log in with or create a Line account, though it's possible to play without one; playing in "guest" mode disables some features but may be safest for kids, since they can't communicate with strangers that way. The game also only allows a certain number of plays before imposing a mandatory rest time, and then users have to wait or pay to play immediately. Since it is fast-paced gameplay, kids will get frustrated at being unable to continue.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
LINE: DISNEY TSUM TSUM is ultimately a bit deceptive. It uses familiar Disney characters -- in a popular toy form -- and a gameplay style that is kid-friendly. It even has music designed to appeal to young kids. However, the game layers on a social media communication service that kids aren't eligible for, and it loads things down with in-app purchases and restricted play time, despite the rounds lasting only 60 seconds. Rather than having a laid-back style that would be welcoming to young players, it uses music to make those time limitations more intense, which can be stressful.
Is there any objectionable content? Nope. But is it as welcoming to kids as it purports to be? Not a chance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the intention of advertising and why you don't really need the things you see, though it might seem that you do in the heat of the moment.
Set expectations around in-app purchases and talk about how being patient has its rewards. If they can't use money to continue the game, what can kids do while they wait?
Discuss the dangers of talking with strangers on the Internet and how to stay safe online.
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