Social Networking For Children

Lisa

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Social Networking For Children

As a mother of both teenagers and preteens and a long-time internet user, I like to keep up to date on the various social networking sites around even though Im not strictly a fan of them myself. I hate myspace with a passion you wouldnt believe (although I do believe I have an account there somewhere, but I couldnt tell you what the details of it are!) I do use Facebook daily, as its a great way to keep in touch with family and old friends who I rarely see. For both Facebook and MySpace there is a minimum age of 13 for registering an account and if, like me, you have children under 13 who are more intelligent than they should be then this becomes a problem.

On the one hand, I dont want my children being in a position where they could come into contact with the more unsavoury types that lurk around social networking sites, but on the other I dont want them not having internet access or experience in the social networking phenomena. I firmly believe that my children should have a good knowledge of the net, how it works, whats available and the potential risks involved. My eldest daughter is 7 (going on 20!) and she often badgers me to allow her on Facebook. I know a few family members have botched their childrens ages so they can have their own accounts but thats not something Im comfortable doing. Facebook has a minimum age of 13 and so that, in my eyes, tells me that they are not in a position to keep safe children under that age. As a compromise I allow her to use my Facebook account to play the games (Farmville, Farm Town, Cafe World and whatever else she plays) and talk to family. I also monitor what she clicks while shes on there.

This got me to wondering what facilities are avialable for children who are more than ready to get to grips with social networking and the internet but arent at the age where they can legally use a lot of the sites around and so, armed with the trusty Google, I went on a quest to find some sites that my children can safely use and socialise on.


Here are my findings, which I hope will be of some use to any other parents out there.


Habbo

Habbo seems to have the largest memberbase that I can see with over 135 million users, so well take a look at that one first.
Upon opening the site youre greeted with a black background with a centre image of what looks like a hotel, below this you are given the greeting In Habbo Hotel you can make and meet friends. so...

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Lisa

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Looks like a good one - will add it to their bookmarks!
 

Wizzard

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I must be a big kid then, if someone gave me a huge tub of lego bricks I'd be very happy :)
 
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