Sounds strange? Well, this is indeed true. In an age of tech-savvy generation, no parent can stop their child from the exposure to internet and the plethora of social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others. While these websites are a good platform to connect to people who live far away, but they do have demerits if they are accessed before the right age. Further, the cyber bullying, depression, inferior complexity among teenagers are all results of the activities on these sites. So, where to go? To your help, here are 5 social networking websites created especially for children keeping in mind the worries of the parents too. Read on to have a look.
- Kidswirl– Known as the “Facebook for kids”; children can use this site for social networking by building up their own profile, updating status, uploading and sharing of pictures, but only with the consent of parents. There is a first-of-its-kind ‘parent control panel’ which gives the parent the complete access to the child’s activity on the site from changing the password of account to accepting or rejecting any friend requests. The site is meant for children up to 13 years of age.
- Scuttlepad– The children are not allowed to sign up to this site until their parents approve it. Further, for signing up the details demanded are birthday, favorite color, and parent’s e-mail address. Once they have made an account, they are free to post messages, make friends, update status, etc.. But, the comments are highly supervised as they are given in a format and children can use only among the given sets of words. This ensures that there is no harm to anyone’s feelings by any kind of inappropriate comment. The site can be used by children from 6 to 11 years of age.
- What’s what– It is one of the most secured social networking sites for children. Children can sign up for this site only under the supervision of their parents. For instance, parents have to submit their credit card information and three pictures of the family together to prove their identity. Further, the children can make friends only with people who fall in their age group. Everything posted on the site can be monitored by parents and they are entitled to edit or delete any post, picture, or comment. The intended age group for the users of the site is between 8 to 14 years.
- Edmodo– This site is surprisingly beneficial in the most interesting way for children as well as teachers. Teachers across the globe use this site as a virtual classroom for connecting to their classes. Edmodo allows teachers to collaborate, share content, access homework, and circulate school notices. Parents can also create their account in order to know about the academic progress of their child from the teacher as well as to share their ideas. Thus, it is a safer version of ‘Facebook’ for the classmates.
- Togetherville– This is a site which facilitates the interaction among the neighbors, classmates, friends, and family in the approved social circle. The children can play games, watch videos. For updating status, the site gives approved phrases which are only to be used. Parents can check out their child’s profile simply by logging through Facebook and hence can keep an eye. They have full access on their child’s activity from any location at any given point of time. The best part is that there are no outside links, no unknown friends, and no private conversations.
As a parent, you can allow your child to use any of these sites and be tension –free also. After all, these are surely better options than banning your child from social networking completely, or making him/her lie their age at sites like Facebook.