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Moshi Monsters is an educational site where children can join and create a monster for free. There is also a members only area where children can pay to join.
My child became a member of Moshi Monsters just before Christmas, attracted by the heavy advertising for it on Nickelodeon. My daughter is a paid member. In shops such as WH Smith and Asda you can buy Moshi Monster Cards. They look a bit like a credit card and have a scratch off number on the rear. Once you join the card is easily activated. My daughters card cost me £5 and allows her access to the members zone for one month. You can also get 6 month access cards which cost £19.99.
There are many things to do on Moshi Monsters and safety is paramount on this site as it is run by a group of parents who understand the need to keep children safe when on the internet. An account can only be created and your child can only be contacted by other children if you agree to this. There is a parents forum on this site which keeps parents up-to-date with any news and problems or potential threats.
If you give your child permission they can create a Moshi Monsters Account which allows them to enter the community and win prizes and awards such as "Monstar of the Week", there is one prize for the best dressed monster and one for the best decorated room.
When on Moshi Monsters your childs first job is to create their monster. They can then go anywhere around Moshi World with their monster. They can play games, all of which are educaional, which earns them "Rox" which they can spend in the Moshi Monster shops. They can buy clothes and food for their monster as well as furniture for their monsters house and even plants for their garden.
There is a daily challenge for them to play too and depending on how many questions they get correct they will earn Rox and their monsters level will go up. The higher your level is, the more things you can acess. For example some items in shops and even some games can not be accessed until a certain level is reached.
The daily challenge can only be done once per day but there are over thirty other games which your child can play with his/her monster. All of these games are again educational and are tailored to your childs ability.
It is not only the games which are educational as looking after a monster is no mean feat. They have to keep their monster fed, clothed, happy and healthy.
With their monster they can explore Moshi World through an easy to access picutre map. The map is easy to use and travel through the different links is extremely fast.
Children have the ability to contact other children on the site and can also make a best friend tree, which is similar to the Circle of Trust on Ciao! By adding a name to your best friend tree it makes it easier to instant message your friend.
I would recommend you read what your child has been instant messaging and this can be done later simply via a review button. As when any contact is made on the internet it is best to be supervised.
The free part on this site is excellent and I would definately recommend you go for the free membership first then up-grading once your child understands the site a bit more. It is not essential to join but the members island allows them access to exclusive items and games.
My daughter really loves spending time on this site and works very hard to keep her monster looking good and feeling good! She has developed a healthy dedication to her monster similar to the way a child would be dedicated to a pet!!
I would definately recommend this site to anyone with school age children. Moshi Monsters encourages children to be responsible as well as working on their maths, english and artistic abilities. I feel the site is safe but would still encourage parents to monitor their childs use on this site, as I would with any site.