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Despite their ghoulish get-up, the Monster High characters encourage girls to be self-confident and celebrate their special qualities and differences.
Violence & Scariness
Although the characters are based on creepy creatures, their scare level is pretty low.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's been a little critical buzz about some of these dolls being designed to appear more sexualized than many real high school students -- but their outfits aren't too skimpy, and their bios stress confidence and physical self-esteem.
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The site's taken some safety precautions to prevent swearing, such as only allowing pre-determined messages like "You're wicked hot" in its e-card function.
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Products & Purchases
The site serves as an interactive marketing tool for the Monster Students product line, which includes books and dolls.
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.
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.)
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