Parents who want to keep their children off of Facebook may have an alternative wth a new social networking site that captures many of Facebook’s facets, but is geared for younger users.
Togetherville is a social networking site that targets children ages 6 to 10 with content that is more age-appropriate. Parents can create their children’s profiles using their own Facebook accounts, reject or decline friend requests and monitor their children’s online activity.
“With Togetherville, we’re able to provide an adult-like web experience for kids while making it safe,” CEO and co-founder Mandeep Dhillon told the AFRO in a recent interview.
On the site, children can update their statuses, play video games, view pre-screened YouTube videos and use educational applications. Parents can interact with their children on the site by sending them virtual gifts, or screen virtual art that they have created.
“It’s safe and social, which are two of the challenges you have when you put a kid into these kind of adult-focused social platforms like Facebook and Myspace,” Dhillon said.
Though Facebook prohibits children under 13 from joining, some do so anyway, lying about their ages in the process.
Corey Burris, a father of three children, believes social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter are a breeding ground for a plethora of things that children should not be exposed to.
“I don’t think kids that young need that type of platform,” Burris said.
Dhillon echoed Burris’ beliefs on the teen- and adult-geared social networking sites.
“Those sites were designed for adults and there’s a lot of adult interaction that happens there and as a parent of three young kids myself, you don’t take your kid to adult establishments and let them roam around,” Dhillon said. “With Togetherville, what we do is give your kid the best of the social web that’s specifically designed for them and we don’t isolate them, they’re completely connected to the people they know in the real world both adults and kids.”
For more information on Togetherville visit: www.togetherville.com.