Meez

 
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Social networking world isn't so squeaky clean.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some backgrounds glamorize drinking or feature scantily clad women.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the avatar backgrounds feature women in tiny outfits with exaggerated bodies that are often sexually charged.

Language

The message board posts sometimes contain anti-gay messages and speech.

Consumerism

Ads are on the homepage and load when you try to access certain pages; users also can buy "coinz" to buy things on the site. Some items, including certain pieces of avatar clothing, feature corporate logos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The avatars' backgrounds can be a party setting where avatars are drinking. One background is a poker lounge; others are bar-like clubs.

Privacy & safety

Several privacy concerns. You can't register unless you are 13 or older -- which means the site is allowed to collect user information. Although your username is what identifies you to others, you can alter your privacy settings to show your full name in your profile. The site also sells avatar accessories and retains the right to email registered users (although you can opt out of promotional emails). Because site chats are unrestricted, kids could potentially reveal personal information while talking with other users. The site also uses cookies and beacons to track site visitors' online behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although teens use Meez.com, most of the avatars' look- and identity-based accessories (such as the "shotgun wedding dress") have mature themes. Because photos posted in user profiles appear immediately, rather than going through any filtering, registered users could stumble across suggestive photos. Users can build a profile page listing their age, full name, personal URLs, and links to their instant messaging account. In addition, some of the avatar backgrounds are sponsored by big corporations that flaunt their brands. On the positive side, the site does offer a self-expression plus: Teens can be really creative when designing their online world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Registered users can choose from dozens of hairstyles and outfits to create intricate, downloadable MEEZ.COM avatars that move and groove their way through the site's dance club, poolside party spots, and other virtual rooms. Users also can also choose from a wide variety of backgrounds for their avatar. Most things are free, but some cost "coinz," bought via PayPal or a credit card for 10 cents each.

However, some of the site's background options include gambling and party themes that are too grown-up for young teens, and fashions tend to be tighter than what you'd want your "real" daughter to leave the house wearing. The site does get points for diverse facial/fashion selections, but panders to uncomfortable stereotypes with makeup like the "thug" girl look. The personal pages are also a point of concern -- users have the ability to post pretty suggestive photos and direct, inappropriate language. Meez can be a cool, creative outlet -- but only if its users are old enough to live the lifestyle they're designing.

Online interaction: To access the various virtual rooms on the site, users need to create an avatar. The Meez community includes a lot of user interaction -- you can enter friends' email addresses to invite them to join the site, post on more than a dozen bulletin boards, and chat live in the site's various rooms. Users can also add links on their profile to photos and videos. A language filter removes swear words in site message board posts; however, when it comes to profile posts, anything goes.

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Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 15 year old Written byDr.Anne Brewsky December 17, 2010
 

Perfect for ages 15+

I Checked out meez WHILE my child was active on it and theres absolutely NOTHING wrong with the site its how you let YOUR child use it. for instance, if you use profanity your account will be bannedd.! if you use any sexual behavior your account will be BANNED. the do not even use alcoholic beverages on this website so whoever thought it was smart to say they did..is wrong.. now the outfits they wear are OKAY. your child doesnt wear this stuff in real life do they.? No, because they cant.so i see nothing wrong with it. and they people who run meez are very strict about these things. i think meez is the MOST approriate site for children 15+ beacause all the rest of that myspace and facebook is worse so..let them have their fun on meez. it age appropriate~!
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 2 year old Written byAlixeasaur July 18, 2010
 
kaykay789456123 First of all, The Boobies! Shirt, supports breast cancer. So its not Yuck! at all. Anyways People under the age of 13 arn't even supposed to be on meez. Theres fakes, creepers and mostly everything there is. But you find that everywhere on the internet. You have to be careful. Dont ever trust anyone on this site. I think the age limit is 15-19. You do get banned for stupid things, but you shouldnt be saying/or doing any of that stuff anyways. I personally think its stupid to buy virtual things, but mostly every website does that. Its not a "scam" when they automatically charge your credit card every month because it does they will do it, until it was canceled. Ive met good friends on this site, but yes it has lots of drama, you'll just have to learn to ignore it. Theres also lots of educational games, and if you dont want to spend real money, play games. and get coinz, but when it comes to chatting and it being educational, its a fail. Unless you're talking to a professor or something.... The clothes are inappropriate, The have now the "push up bra", they have stripper clothes, The censored items, Its kinda like Sims. Hence Kinda. When it comes to the clothes.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of an infant year old Written bykittykitty June 15, 2009
 

I love this site

okay i think this site is fine for kids 10 and older my niece has one and shes 11 and she ignores the bad language and bad talk she just hangs out with the people she actually knows like me I have one im brooksara and yes i have a fake age and fake name but its okay as long as they dont give ouut there personal information i think its fine!!!

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