Sean Cull 12 February 2012 21:08:00
Beware of Moshi Monsters.
I posted this for all my friends on Facebook but others have asked too so here it is.
I have just been checking out Moshi Monsters for my son (7) who wanted to become a full member (£5 per month )
I am very PRO IT but I was very disappointed with what I saw. It is clearly not a safe place for young children.
>You can see every childs wall - yes all 50M of them - and you are encouraged to surf strangers walls.
Of the 6 random walls I visited I saw
> Messages asking for passwords
> Offensive comments and language ( gay bashing, dic head , ass hole etc )
> Children leaving details of school addresses
> Most children accepting many friends who they could not possible know
>The forum area is not great and includes people asking for valentine cards and asking are they sexy.
> The site pushes membership on you at every opportunity
> There is a very "gift based" theme to the site. I'm not comfortable with gifts and strangers in one place.
I now have an inconsolable little boy who can't understand why he cannot continue to use this site again.
People describe it as "facebook for kids" - its nowhere near as controlled as facebook.
My advice would be just don't let your kids even start.
If they have already started and it is too much to take them off then you need to be reading their walls and the walls of their "friends".
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