A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
To begin, tap New User on MOVIESTARPLANET, and then enter a new username and password. Enter a birth month and year (which must fall between 1999 and 2012 because those are the only years listed) and get four "gifts" including coins. Then an avatar guide appears to lead you on a tour and asks you to "Friend" her by accepting her friend request. Play options include games, chat, "MSP buzz," shopping, movie town, pets, animations, clothes, and more. Tap to chat, and more options appear for places on the sim where you can go to chat with other players (strangers or friends). A player has to be a "VIP Member" to enter some chat areas. Tap on the gift boxes that appear randomly around the screen, and the gift opens and coins pour out for the user to spend.
Is it any good?
Some simulation games are interesting or inspiring, but this one is all about shallow experiences. MovieStarPlanet has very few positive qualities, other than that it does filter common profanity and allows for some creativity in making movies and decorating. It's not clear what age group this app is intended for, as the only years listed during registration are 1999 to 2012, but this app is too simplistic for teens' meaningful use, and the content is not appropriate for younger kids. Answering quizzes about which short-shorts are most "popular" (popular with whom?) to get coins and leveling up for obscure reasons is confusing and negates any activity on this app that relies on skill. It also reinforces messages about consumerism and appearance that parents may not want to reinforce. Ultimately, there are far better choices for kids and teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a worthwhile sim experience (and why MovieStarPlanet is lacking many of those elements)? What are some subjects that could be meaningful to chat about on a sim (shared game strategies, DIY ideas, fan favorites)?
Talk about the celebrity lifestyle. This app glorifies celebrity and consumerism, but what are the downsides?
Discuss your family's rules about in-app purchases. If you give your tween or teen a virtual allowance, are you OK with them spending it on any in-app purchase, or are there guidelines?
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