A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids can watch videos, learn about the characters, and play some of the games on the Monster High site without registering. However, accessing a few parts of the site -- such as the online locker decoration tool -- requires a code kids receive after purchasing a Monster High doll. Saving decorated lockers and other creations requires an email-activated registration. Kids must be 13 or older to register.
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Is it any good?
MONSTER HIGH offers fans a chance to get to know more about the characters from the Mattel Monster High doll and book series. The site is centered around a cute theme -- sassy werewolf, vampire, and other ghoulish high school girls who, along with a couple of ghastly guys, radiate self-confidence and attitude (despite having fangs, blue skin, and other unusual accessories).
Sure, there are a few plugs for Monster High merchandise. And some areas of the site, such as the locker decoration tool, require you to enter a code from one of the dolls. However, there's plenty of fun, free content to play with -- without buying anything. Kids can send a scream to their favorite character or email friends safe, clean e-cards through the site. Kids can also watch quick videos, download wallpaper and other items, and access several fun games, including a soccer and a Frogger-type game.
Online interaction: Kids can send Monster Mail through the site -- e-cards that tell their friends they're "clawsome." (The cards can be e-mailed or printed out.)
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the students at Monster High aren't your average high school students -- yet they don't really worry about fitting in. How much do you worry about what other people at school think about you?
Sometimes when kids have physical or other differences, other kids point them out and even may tease them -- which isn't very nice. How would you feel if someone teased you about looking or acting different? How can you react if you see someone teasing or making fun of other kids?
Parts of this site only work if you have a code from one of the Monster High dolls. Can you still have fun on the site without buying anything?
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