Parents' Guide to

My City : Mansion

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Virtual mansion rich in consumerism concerns, stereotypes.

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In terms of open-ended apps that encourage pretend play, this one offers lots of interaction and discovery, but its messages of consumerism and some stereotypical representations bring it down. Kids with active imaginations who like to lose themselves in pretend worlds or use dolls and props to invent stories will find plenty of material here. It can be great fun to explore everything, and find hidden objects, interactive elements, and locations. And, the option to give characters different emotions is really neat and can be the basis for interesting discussion with your kids. That said, there are some concerns with My City : Mansion that might give some parents pause. One concern is the emphasis on wealth and luxury. A rug with $1000000 on it; a highly luxurious home with a rooftop pool, helipad and golf course; the dollar sign decorations outside the home; and the tagline "live a life of the rich and famous" are all blatant celebrations of being rich. In addition, the developer's My City and My Town series encourage purchase of multiple apps and continuous, perhaps even excessive play. Another concern is the clear lack of diversity in the available characters and some stereotyping of gender and racial roles in society. Finally, it's an open question what a screen adds to the age-old kids' practice of engaging in pretend play. Some families might feel more comfortable offering a few dolls or action figures and some basic household items and letting their kids take it from there.

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