Meez

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Social networking world isn't so squeaky clean.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 80 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 242 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Some backgrounds glamorize drinking or feature scantily clad women.

Violence
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywowzers November 10, 2009
If I had a kid I REALLY wouldn't let my 13/14 and under child play this game. I think this game should be for 15yrs and older because the young ones like... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 2, 2010
Kid, 9 years old June 5, 2010

cool

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Continue reading

Is it any good?

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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