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Disney Mix

Price: Free

Common Sense Media says

Safe intro to texting with filters, fun, games; set limits.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Mix is a messaging app designed for tweens. Kids create an account with their age, birth date, first name, and parent's email address. They'll also need to create a username, which is used to log in, and an avatar name, which is what their friends see when messaging. When a kid creates an account or logs on to a different device, parents get an email notification. No parental approval is involved, but email includes a link to easily cancel the account; parents don't receive notifications of new friends or messages. To add a friend, kids must know the avatar's name. Language that may be even remotely offensive is censored and replaced with "- -" while the rest of the message is left intact. The privacy policy, terms of service, Disney's Children's Online Privacy Policy, and the Disney Mix Rules (stay safe, respect others, and keep it clean) are included in-app.

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What Kids Can Learn

Whats it about?

Messaging friends goes beyond words and emoji with DISNEY MIX. Kids can customize an avatar and save several versions to easily switch between them. They can message friends through traditional text messages -- censored with a strong filter -- and send stickers featuring characters from Disney channel shows. They can also create games and quizzes to share with friends or design memes using screenshots from Disney movies and their own words. Settings can be customized to receive push notifications about new messages.

Is it any good?

Safety measures galore make this messaging app a great first social media experience for kids, and the extras make it so fun to send messages that it could be difficult to put on the brakes. It's all part of the learning process for kids, though, in figuring out how some words can be offensive or dangerous as well as how to set boundaries for reasonable messaging volume. Of course, it wouldn't be Disney without some promotion involved, and kids can stay up-to-date on Disney music, movies, and shows through the app, too. Parents may want to consider the costs and benefits of introducing messaging and device-based social connections to kids as there's little chance of turning back. It's also important to communicate about limits before downloading Disney Mix so the family is clear about the rules to keep activities in balance.

This rating and review provided by Common Sense Media.
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