Welcome to Moshi Monsters!
Many of us at Moshi Monsters HQ are parents ourselves, therefore we're aware of the importance of keeping kids safe online. The three core elements at the heart of Moshi Monsters are FUN, EDUCATION and SAFETY. We imagine you might have a lot of questions, so we created this page in order to provide you with plenty of background on how the game works and how your child might use the site. That said, one of the best ways to learn about the game is to adopt your very own Moshi Monster. You never know, you might even be able to nurture a more impressive monster than your children.
Limited Social Networking Features
To make friends on moshimonsters.com, kids need to know their friends' screen names (also referred to as 'monster owner' names). Once a child knows someone else's screen name, they can then use the "Find My Friends" feature to send that person an invitation to join his or her Moshi network. When requesting a friend, they have a limited area where they can identify themselves by first name only to their friend. This message box allows their friend to know who is sending the Friend Request, which ensures a safer experience for our younger members. It is up to the recipient of an invite to decide whether or not to accept that invitation. Once an invitation is accepted, friends can write messages on each other's pinboards. Children can find new friends on moshimonsters.com in different ways. They may know a friend's screen name before coming to moshimonsters.com, or they may see a screen name in another friend's Friends Tree. It is also possible they may guess another person's screen name or see one featured in our Community section.
If you give your permission for your child to have a Moshi Monsters account, your child will have the opportunity to be featured in the Community section of the site (for instance, if they are the winner of the 'Monstar of the Week' competition, 'Room of the Week' competition or have achieved something newsworthy in-game), As part of these programs, the winning children will be featured on our site, where we will list the child's screen name and an image of their pet monster. If your child is featured in the Community section, other members he or she does not know may want to add your child to their Friends Tree. Therefore, we encourage you to talk to your child about safe online practices. If your child does become friends with someone, that person will only be able to see your child's non-personal information as we don't show or share personally identifying information.
What's It All About
Moshi Monsters is a free online game for kids, where they may adopt a monster and look after it. Kids whose parents give us their approval can become 'users' on our site, and can adopt a Moshi Monster. Kids care for their monster by solving puzzle games, which earn their monster virtual rewards called Rox. Kids can spend Rox on virtual items like food, furniture and other treats and toys for their monster. Over time their monster will increase in level, be able to visit new locations in Monstro City, and earn all kinds of in-game rewards for playing. Monster owners will also be able to make friends with other owners and leave messages on their pages.
Education is right at the heart of the Moshi Monsters experience. Every day your child's monster will create a series of fun puzzles that test everything from vocabulary and arithmetic to logic and spatial skills. The better your child does at these puzzles, the more Rox they'll earn to buy cool things for their monster. The difficulty level of the puzzles automatically calibrates each day, so puzzles get harder if they are doing well, and easier if they are struggling.
Successfully nurturing a Moshi Monster is no mean feat. It takes a variety of skills that your child can develop over time. Your child will need to think creatively, hypothesize, strategize, manage resources, collaborate with friends, and nurture a wide variety of other skills that could extend positively into their everyday lives.
We Set Rules and Track Compliance
As with any online activity, we encourage parents to stay involved and engaged with their children's behavior. We always do our best to remind monster owners to stay safe while playing Moshi Monsters, but you can help too - not just in our monster world, but with your kids' online adventures in general. Some good reminders for them are:
- Never give out your personal information online. Personal information includes things like your real name, address, phone number, e-mail or school.
- If you ever run into any trouble on Moshi Monsters, you can always tell us by clicking the 'Contact Us' link located at the bottom of every page. One of our trained moderators will review your message promptly and take action if necessary.
- If someone says or does something elsewhere on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable, or if they ask for your personal information, tell your parents right away.
- Never give out your password to anybody, even if they say they work for Moshi Monsters - they don't! We will never ask you for your password except on the login page, and there is no reason anyone else would want it other than to steal your Rox... or even your monster. So keep your password secret!
Charging for Moshi Monsters
Kids will always be able to adopt and play the basic version of Moshi Monsters for free. We also offer a membership where Moshi Club Members receive exclusive access to all sorts of cool extras. You can read about Membership here.
If we haven't answered your questions here, then please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll reply as soon as possible.
Thanks again for your time and support! We hope you and your child will enjoy Moshi Monsters as much as we've enjoyed creating it.
Associations That We Work With:
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety
- Think U Know
- Childnet International
- Online Compass
NAPPA Award 2008
Honors Winner NAPPA Award 2008National Parenting Publication Awards
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