Fight My Monster

Common Sense Media says

Fun battles, lots of interaction on social gaming site.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players can choose to accept, deny, or negotiate battles and trades, which teaches kids negotiation skills. Also, even monsters who have a very low percentage possibility of winning sometimes win, exhibiting to kids that underdogs can prevail.

Violence & scariness

During battles, players see the monsters' cartoon bones flying out from behind the hidden battle ring, and white crosses on cemetery grave plots dot the screen. Whichever monster comes out the loser has some sort of dark (but not gory or scary) ending, like a lead weight squishing them or being zapped into oblivion by a laser. And, of course, the site is called "Fight My Monster" so that in itself is a soft promotion of violence among monsters.

Sexy stuff

None observed, but if you are friends with another player you can chat with each other off of the pre-scripted text; what is in those messages would vary widely. Parents of kids under 13 may see their child's chat activity and block any offending player.

Language

Bad language not commonplace, but at least one instance observed of a player skirting the rules by naming a monster with the word "s--t" in the name. And if you are friends with another player you can chat with each other off of the pre-scripted text; what is in those messages would vary widely. Parents of kids under 13 may see their child's chat activity and block any offending player.

Consumerism

There's a huge push for paid membership (listed at 4.95 English pounds, which comes in at about $8 U.S. dollars). A membership icon is prominent on each player's profile page. When kids click on some features, such as a design-your-own-monster tool, a message pops up indicating it's a feature for paid members only. "Members of the Week" earn prizes like a DS, which is also promoted at the top of the site's pages.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Parents will benefit from reading through the privacy policy on the site, especially before purchasing a membership. The privacy and safety policies here are complex and change between ages. Parents of kids under 13 get their own account to monitor their players' interactions on the site and de-friend or block other users if they feel they are not interacting positively with their kids. That said, this site is open to adults as well as teens and tweens, so kids may be interacting with adults and parents of kids 13 and older do not have the same sort of oversight. Pre-scripted chat is all that's allowed for players who haven't friended each other, but those who have accepted each other as friends can chat openly. The terms say that players shouldn't use their real names on the site or give out personal information, but other than bullying there's no mention of rules against sexual banter or swearing. Members can also file-share and use video phones, and the site periodically takes snapshots of those video interactions for monitoring.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fight My Monster is an intricate, multifaceted social networking and gaming site aimed at boys ages 7 to 11, although girls, teens, and adults play here, too. The site allows players to pit monsters against other players' monsters to see who prevails. Kids can play educational and arcade-style games to earn points. There are a lot of social networking components here. Parents will benefit from reading through the complex but important privacy policy on this site, especially before purchasing a membership.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

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While FIGHT MY MONSTER may be a little daunting to understand for many kids -- especially on the younger side of the target age -- it may be worth the effort. The monster battle game is fun and really requires strategic thinking. Don't be surprised if your child asks for a paid membership, as membership is pushed hard. Important Note: The privacy and safety policies here are complex and change between ages. Parents of kids under 13 get their own account to monitor their players' interactions on the site and de-friend or block other users if they feel they are not interacting positively with their kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's good that parents can monitor the chat activity of kids under 13 on this site, and when you would consider de-friending or blocking someone from talking to your child. Read Common Sense Media's Staying Safe in a Digital World for more tips.

  • If your child spends a lot of time here, discuss the different types of games. There are educational games, arcade games, and the battles, all of which have varying degrees of value or mind-numbingness.

Website details

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old June 19, 2011
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8
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Little too violent

i think that it is a little too violent. The monsters fight and bones come out. A skull is included too. You have a choice to EAT the monster you defeat or collect nuggets (virtual money) from them.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old September 2, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Fight My Monster: fun for all?

I love playing on this game, however in certain cases the winning and loesing nuggests bit can produce a message which may be a fleeing message as if to gambling however I'll let the site off since it isn't real money your using (asides from the membership opison). Still the fights are pretty intense. But it is a bit edicatisonal in the trading card bit and the games however it isn't something I would recomend for school.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written bythemum August 4, 2011
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14
QUALITY
 

Completely inadequate safety features. Swearing an issue.

My kids have recently started using this site. There are no swear filters in place, and as such my children have been subject to pretty much every swear word going. There are no report buttons for them to use, the only way to tell the company that something is wrong is for parents to read through old messages (or for kids to tell parents) and email them with any problems (this is completely contrary to what their parent info page says). This is absolutely not a safe site if you don't want your kids to be exposed to swearing. They are also allowed to file share, which essentially means all the stuff I don't want my kids to watch on youtube can be sent on here. Among other things sent to my kids (both are under 11), there has been a video with f*****g in the title, and Modern Warfare's 'top 10 kills'. Not sure why any kids site would allow filesharing, as it is blatantly obvious that this sort of thing will find its way on. Annoyingly I was not aware of the above for a while after my kids got membership as the info page is so utterly misleading on the matter. I am now in the position that I do not want them to use the site anymore, but they really enjoy the game and are not themselves being naughty. If I take them off I am punishing them for other peoples kids foulness.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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