MoshiMonsters

 

Learning(i)

Take care of creatures and learn a little in virtual world.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players earn "Rox" by caring for their online monster and by playing (slightly) educational games. The monsters exhibit different emotions depending upon how well they're being taken care of.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Topics on forums range from friendly to feisty, sometimes even a little mean-spirited. There are ways to flag inappropriate message on forums and the other places here where comments are posted.

Consumerism

The Moshi Monster online store is brimming with the site's brand -- from $50 Moshi Monster shoes to less pricey offerings like stickers, bags, and posters. Membership to the site is promoted as a way to get more features.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The site collects date of birth, gender, country of origin, and a parent's email address for players under 13 or the player's email address for those 13 and over, and like most sites uses cookies to collect additional information. Site complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Parents are notified and must verify approval when a child under 13 signs up for an account. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Moshi Monsters virtual world site is more entertainment than educational. Kids take care of cute little creatures and earn points to "buy" stuff for their computer-based pet while being introduced to online social networking. There are numerous ways for kids to interact here, although most of the site's focus seems to be on playing games, caring for your own pet, and decorating your own virtual world. Even so, make sure your child knows how to block unwanted friend requests and report posts that are rude or inappropriate, just in case. There's a reassuring section for parents that explains the site's concept and safety measures.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • exploration

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute monsters and colorful graphics catch kids' eyes and keep their attention. Includes some games that are well constructed, quick, and fun enough to disguise the fact that kids are actually learning.

Learning Approach

Kids are empowered by responsibility to their monster. At all times, they must be aware of and respond to how their monster is feeling. They must keep track of their Rox supply, replenish it, and take time to shop for their little adoptee.

Support

Has some limited social networking features. Players can leave comments in their friends' rooms. Kids can meet via forums, community section features, and just by wandering around the virtual world.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • exploration

Hobbies

  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Communication

  • friendship building

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Kids can learn how to be responsible, make decisions, and handle consequences as they care for a monster in a virtual world. A happy, healthy monster requires food and entertainment, which any parent knows means money. Kids earn money, called Rox, by playing games or solving puzzles and then can spend it in various specialty stores. There are also some limited social networking features. Moshi Monsters is fun, but you need to be a very conscientious monster parent to learn a few life skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

What's it about?

Kids customize and name their choice of monster, which can be active in three places: its home, its garden, and in Monstro City. Kids can access Rox-earning puzzles from home, or click a map of Monstro City to go places to play games and shop. (A few locations are open to paid members only). To add friends, players must know each other's usernames, and once added, they can trade messages on a \"pin board.\"

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MOSHIMONSTERS.COM belongs in the increasingly long line of sites where kids take care of little creatures and earn points to "buy" stuff for their computer-based pet while being introduced to virtual worlds and online social networking. This site's creators know that cute monsters and colorful graphics catch kids' eyes and keep their attention online. A UK-created site for grade-school readers, it includes some games that are well constructed, quick, and fun enough to disguise the fact that kids are actually learning. Monster owners' ages, home countries, and gender are visible, which may be objectionable to some parents. 

Online interaction: Some limited social networking features. Players can leave comments on their friends' "pinboards" in their rooms. To make friends, kids are supposed to know their friends' screen names, but players can also find that out online via the forums, community section features, and just by wandering around the virtual world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the safety features and interaction with other players on this site compare to other similar sites. Read Common Sense Media's Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips.

  • What does it means to "know" someone, and are online "friends" really friends? It's never too early to start planting seeds about Internet safety, even with elementary school-age kids.

Website details

Genre:Virtual Worlds
Pricing structure:Free

This review of MoshiMonsters was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Written byAnonymous July 29, 2011
age 18+
 

Not a good site for kids.

I know what the feed back to this review will be like, but this place is a clique girl playground. Once, my friend got on, and she was bamboozled by threats, cuss words, and inappropriate conversations. All of it was started by a person, on a forum, spreading rumors about this poor girl. The fight ended horribly, and more then one person left with a bad reputation who hadn't come with one. All in all, be super careful.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old October 9, 2010
age 2+
 

Annoying Nagging Website

Moshi Monsters Is Great... Until They Start Nagging For Membership Moshi Monsters Used To Be A Kid Friendly Website Until They Introduced More Member Features These Include Game Starcade Gift island (Send Gifts Best Frind Ever Exetra) The Port Which Includes 4 Shops You Can Change Colour Shake A Rox Tree Go To Harrods And Underground Disco More Moshiling Seeds (A.K.A More Moshlings) A Moshling Zoo Upgrade Your Tree House Also Non Members Are Looked Down On By Members And The Language Is Not Always Safe This includes Swearing And Stuff Like That This due To No Live Moderaters
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 8 and 9 year old Written byLew2583 March 20, 2011
age 9+
 

Harmless except for the free range messaging

The Pinboard (messaging) is the only problem with this site. The user can read all messages on their friends' pinboard, and the friends who are friends with their friends. So even after taking the time to make sure my daughter is only friends with children she knows who are her age, she can read the messages from other children we don't know who may not be monitored by their parents
Kid, 11 years old March 19, 2011
age 9+
 

I would rate it iffy for 9,10, and 11 year olds.

I think Moshi Monsters is a website where if you are 9,10,or 11, you should go on there with your parents. They might not let you on because you can type WHATEVER you want to on your pinboard. Some bad people post BAD STUFF. Talk to your parents before going on Moshi Monsters. Other than the pinboard, I think it is a good website. Also, if you want to become a member, it takes money. You can have up to 11 best friends and go to exclusive places. I was a member once but, I don't think being a member is that great. And for example with the pinboard, this one person asked me for my password and my parent's credit card number. But, there is educational games at the Puzzle Palace for Daily Challenges and Hall Of Puzzles.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass