A Social Network to Grow On
Right this second, parents around the country are arguing with their children about using the computer—in particular, whether they're old enough to start accessing social-networking sites like Facebook. Parents worry about how kids behave with each other online and if they're interacting with strangers. A new site being launched Wednesday aims to ease those worries by providing training wheels to young kids looking to social network.
Togetherville (Togetherville.com) is designed to function as a safe, kid-centric social network. The site guides kids ages 6 through 10 on how to communicate online with others, using canned responses and parental participation. Togetherville links into Facebook so parents who use the popular social-networking site can have a say in who their children are connecting with and can even interact with their kids online.
While there are many kid-friendly sites like Disney's Club Penguin that have a social-networking aspect, Togetherville offers young children their first taste of social networking like grown-ups, using their real-life identities (not cute avatars) and real-life relationships.