Parents' Guide to

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Activity-intensive site a not-so-subtle McDonald's push. Poster Image

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Some parents may cringe at the thought of encouraging their kids to spend time on a fast food chain's website. And it's true: The videos on HAPPYMEAL.COM are McDonald's commercials, and many of the site's most inventive features -- such as the function that lets kids mock up a photo with Ronald McDonald or create a customized video in which Ronald holds up a banner bearing their friend's name -- are definitely marketing-centric. On the upside, the site does place an emphasis on safety. Kids can submit shout-outs that run in a site ticker tape or customize their Ronald photo with words but can't key in their own phrases -- pre-selected ones like "Fun times!" are all that are available. You also don't need to register or sign in to use most of the site, and kids can access general info on eating a balanced diet.

If you allow your kids to visit, consider limiting the amount of time your kids spend on the site, and explain that it's promotionally based.

Online interaction: Users have the option of sending a link to the various site activities to a friend by clicking on a button. According to a placeholder on the site, a safe chat function is also coming soon.

Website Details

  • Genre: Brand Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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