MovieStarPlanet

Website review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Serious privacy, content issues with celebrity fantasy site.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 125 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

States that fame, fortune are only things that are important.

Violence

Guns are common, treated like props, toys.

Sex

Kids are encouraged to find a "love" for their profile page. YouTube videos contain highly suggestive dancing, modes of dress.

Language

Chat text is hashed out; taboo words turn red in chat boxes; single letters, numbers, potentially coded phrases also turn red. YouTube videos contain explicit lyrics.

Consumerism

Everything can be bought: emoticons, backgrounds, second spins, beauty. Kids constantly pelted with solicitations to improve functionality. Though no ads on site, games, YouTube videos overwhelmed by ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

YouTube videos may contain questionable material.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MovieStarPlanet is a fantasy celebrity play-and-chat site targeting tweens age 8 to 15, according to the developer's Facebook page. Although they're not collected at registration, which has an age gate, kids' emails are collected in return for rewards and privileges. Kids are even prompted to provide friends' emails for rewards. The site integrates suggestive and explicit YouTube videos selected by kids and generally encourages kids to ask other users to be friends, best friends, or "loves" to advance their "careers" and fill out their profiles. Twitter and other online sites report predatory behavior, kids getting locked out for breaking the rules, and kids hacking into other kids' accounts to steal coins and points or into the site itself to get account freebies. Be wary of music clips that cost $200! For details on the kinds of information collected and shared, read the site's privacy policy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTaylorRaee January 16, 2016

Crap. **CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT**

As an older sister, I don't recommend this game. You see, my little sister who is 8, plays this. I think it is NOT a safe place for children under about ma... Continue reading
Adult Written bysimon112 May 25, 2016

Horrible

my kid LOVES this game but I made her quit for reasons: 1, the VIP, when I said No to letting her have the membership she threw a 5 year old fit. 2, this perso... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2016
Moviestarplanet it a super fun game. While its not perfect if you child knows how to be safe and act correctly online then it will be a very enjoyable game for... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 31, 2016

*MATURE CONTENT*

Moviestarplanet (also known as MSP) Is a horrible website. There are ADULTS on this website who hack, who are inappropriate, and who con you into stealing your... Continue reading

What's it about?

In MOVIESTARPLANET, kids create a movie star avatar, advancing their fame and collecting coins through a vast number of activities. These range from seeking gifts and playing "Simon Says (Casting)" to collecting friends and autographs, making canned movies in response to thematic challenges, and creating "looks." Available in 15 countries, the site also offers virtual pets and shopping for those with super pricey subscriptions or many hours of accumulated coinage.

Is it any good?

This fantasy website zeroes in on tweens' most basic fears and desires in a carefully crafted virtual world of movies, magazines, fashion, pets, and dating -- but, more than anything else, social status. Wanna know what teenagers want? Easy rewards and expensive privileges mixed with a desire to be liked by strangers. Truly, it's hard not to feel intimidated in user pumpchkin's party room (level 86 fame). Despite prodigious rules and assurances about safety, kids ask each other out in chat spaces where girls can choose provocative outfits (no surprise there), YouTube is fully integrated, and everyone is supposed to be finding an image for a frame on their profile page with a big pink heart next to it. Avatars are 90 percent girls, and guys tend to have suggestive usernames such as HOT LIPS LOVE. For those not quite ready for collecting BFFs and loves, Boonie and Bonster pets offer some safety.

At one end, MovieStarPlanet is as innocent as a poll asking about the best thing about swimming pools, while at the other it's truly mystifying and somewhat disturbing. The stated minimum age of 8 is decidedly too young for full access to this clearly popular site. For example, nearly half of all chats and posts are obscured with hash marks or asterisks because of language issues. Load times can be super sluggish, and games are often weighed down by ads or are just plain age-inappropriate. Finally, the moviemaking zone is a huge lost opportunity for actual learning and collaboration; kids are encouraged with weekly thematic moviemaking challenges for temporary VIP status, but results are stilted and tight. MovieStarPlanet may seem like meaningless fun, but the content and privacy issues raise way too many red flags for even savvy Internet users.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to become a rich and famous celebrity in real life. Would you join a theater company, take singing lessons, or join a band? Are those activities likely to make you rich and famous? Why, or why not?

  • Discuss the pitfalls of celebrity. Are there downsides to being well known? Are you willing to give up your privacy to be constantly surrounded by fans, press, and other people because you're famous?

Website details

  • Genre: Virtual Worlds
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Paid VIP members get, for example, the option to spin a prize wheel a second time, more coins, and more diamonds.)

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