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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Peanutize Me avatar-creation site is a safe experience; kids don't need to enter any personal information or sign up to use it, and they won't interact with strangers on the site. Aside from being a plug for the most recent Peanuts movie, it's not selling or promoting anything.
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What's it about?
PEANUTIZE ME lets kids choose a gender, hair color or hat type, braces, and other characteristics to create a Peanuts character that looks like them. Once finished, they pick a scene -- which frequently feature other Peanuts characters -- and then download the finished item to their desktop or share it on Facebook or Twitter. Kids can also watch a preview of The Peanuts Movie.
Is it any good?
This simple site doesn't have many bells and whistles; users can create and customize a Peanuts avatar, save it or share it, and watch a movie preview. That said, it's easy to use -- instructions walk you through each step -- so even fairly young kids should be able to figure it out, provided they can read. Kids will probably enjoy going through the process at least once; Peanutize Me provides a fair amount of customization options, plus some seasonally themed backgrounds. But there isn't much else to do on the site, which will likely prevent users from making many repeat visits. In addition, some hard-core Peanuts fans may be disappointed that they can't upload a photo to customize. You can choose a similar hair color and a few other elements to make your creation resemble you, but chances are, the end result may look a little more like a new cartoon character instead of your Charlie Brown-themed alter ego.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which movies are OK for kids to see and which they should ask an adult about. Are all animated films kid-friendly?
The site lets you post your finished image to social media sites. Why might an avatar like this be a better profile picture to have, instead of a photograph?
Use the site as a starting point to talk about self-image, identity, and self-esteem. Which nonphysical talents or other features does your child feel proud of?
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