Monster High

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Product site connected to dolls is more cute than creepy.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 30 reviews

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Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

The site serves as an interactive marketing tool for the Monster Students product line, which includes books and dolls.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written bysoledadjabarb2 April 16, 2013

Monster Monster High

I have a son and daughter. My daughter Sestiva, 10, loves Monster High. The room she shares with her little brother is filled with Monster High everything!! Not... Continue reading
Parent Written bykaseyray May 5, 2019

It's called Monster High

Look it's called Monster high not monster preschool kissing and stuff is a thing but this is what highschool students do! They do dress inappropriately but... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 2, 2011

Bad for kids

Many kisses and gross out things. Also the teens use words like stupid lame-o dumb and idiot. Also some musters are scary.
Kid, 11 years old October 25, 2014

I wouldnt let my 5 year old sister watch the web series! Dx

My 5 year old sister was watching lalaloopsy and she came across monster high videos on youtube! I think she picked up Cleo as a role model and was sent home fr... Continue reading

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?

Website details

  • Genre: Brand Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: April 1, 2021

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