Mazu

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Prompts help kids learn quality online social interaction.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Helps kids learn how to use social media in a safe, useful, balanced way. Following codes of conduct, honoring the community, perspective taking, friendship building.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Guides kids through the process of how to assess content before posting, how to balance posting and liking other people's posts. 

Violence

Posts are moderated.

Sex

Posts are moderated.

Language

Posts are moderated.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Posts are moderated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mazu is an ad-free social media app that promotes positive posting, safety, and friendly online interactions. Users are encouraged to take "The Four Way Test," before posting anything on Mazu to check if what they're about to post is meaningful and not harmful. All content on Mazu is moderated by real people, and parents are given notice of (and often need to approve) their kids' activity on the app. Kids can send private or group messages to family and friends (again, with parent approval), join interest-based communities, and look for general posts from the Mazu community based on what they're seeking (hope, smiles, inspiration, etc.). There's also the option to tag the content posted by theme (creativity, wisdom, truth, hope, fun, family, respect). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bySarahfbarrett September 2, 2018

Family fun!

This app is a terrific introduction to the world of social media for children. They can learn responsible digital citizen skills before being exposed to the har... Continue reading

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What's it about?

To use MAZU, create an account by entering your birth date, parent email, and username. Create an avatar. Once parents activate their child's account, they can create an "adult account." Then kids or parents can "Give and Receive Love" by posting inspiration, hope, smiles, or wisdom in "The Heart of Mazu" or by viewing loving posts from others (you can send a thank you for -- or report -- a post). Join communities of other Mazu users with similar interests. You can post to everyone on Mazu in The Village, or individually in small groups with Messenger. Before you post, read "The Four Way Test" to see if your post passes the test. Tag which value (creativity, wisdom, truth, hope, fun, family, respect) posts show.

Is it any good?

This kids' social network has the potential to be a terrific first social media experience for young kids to use along with their families and friends. By encouraging users to take The Four Way Test, tag posts according to values that the post shows, and check their posting vs. liking other people's posts with a balance scale, Mazu helps kids (and adults) learn positive online socializing. That said, social media is only as good as the content users choose to post, and the quality of content on Mazu at the time of this review is spotty. Some posts are sweet, cute, and inspiring; other posts are odd (random selfies of middle-age people), monotonous (multiple posts in a row from one user), and strange (one post that apparently made it through moderation included jokes about murder). There isn't a wide variety of interest groups (yet), and the avatar creator is far more complicated than making an avatar should be. Still, if your kid is itching to get a social media account, Mazu has a lot of ways for parents to stay on top of their kids' use and for kids to learn strong digital citizenship skills, and all in an ad-free experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Mazu may be a good way for parents to introduce their kids to the world of social media. For other ways to help your kids learn about online social interactions, read Common Sense Media's What are the basics my kids need to know about social media?

  • Kids and adults both post to Mazu, and kids can see posts from adults they don't know. Even though adults must verify their accounts and posts are moderated, remind your kids never to post personally identifiable information. Mazu instructs kids not to use their real name for their user name.

  • Ask your kids why they want a social media account. Talk about your own values and ideas about healthy use of social media. Ask them how much time per day they think is appropriate to spend on social media at their age. What about at your age?

App details

For kids who love social networking

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