Togetherville: Social Networking For Parents And Children
A safer social networking website targeted at children legally too young for Facebook was launched recently.
A new social networking website targeted at children legally too young for Facebook was launched recently. Designed for children six to ten years of age Togetherville is not designed to simply be a “digital babysitter”, rather a platform for children to connect with their friends and more importantly – their parents on a digital platform. Kids can create online works of art, play games, watch videos in an online environment that “keeps your kid safe.”
In an attempt to minimize online dangers children are unable to upload images, or engage in private chat, with parents have the last say on their child’s online friend list. Children are free to comment on their friends’ game scores and art pieces but can only update their ‘status’ using a number of scripted text messages called “quips”. Despite the large number of safety precautions, children are largely restricted in creating their own avenues of expression, which hinder long-term interest.
Currently the basic platform is free to join and use, but the site has suggested future charges may be added for the use of additional games and applications.