Facebook For Kids? It’s Togetherville

There’s a new social networking site for tykes who are too young for Facebook and MySpace ( both prohibit under-13s from joining, though many do anyway). It’s called Togetherville.

Parents can log on to Togetherville directly, and in fact, kids’ accounts must be created by their parents using their own Facebook logins. The site is aimed at kids ages 6 – 10,  and offers games, pre-screened YouTube videos and educational applications, but no ads.

Kids have separate logins, and the site looks different depending on whether a parent or a child is logged in. There are even Facebook-style status updates, called ”quips,” with a twist: kids choose from a preselected menu of updates, which change daily.

Parents can send their kids virtual gifts, review their activities on the site or look at virtual art they’ve created. Togetherville plans to make money by selling virtual goodies for its games.

So send in your comments and tell us what you think of Togetherville.

We see pros and cons. If this succeeds in getting younger kids off Facebook (doubtful), that’s a good thing. But do we really need to provide children with more online time, given that they should be engaged in more active play and less face time with computer screens?

Weigh in, Mamas!

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Keep their science muscles growing with these easy, fun experiments!

What You Said

  • paket wisata: I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers however this article is genuinely a nice...
  • www.gaoodgle.com: Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful...
  • ΡΥΘΜΙΣΕΙΣ ΚΟΚΚΙΝΩΝ ΔΑΝΕΙΩΝ: Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I...
  • Maggie sullivan: I have a neighbor, will holler and wave at me if i am near porch but if i try to sit in the yard, or...
  • 83Roxanna: Hi admin, i must say you have very interesting posts here. Your website can go viral. You need initial...
  • тетрадь по геометрии 8 класс атанасян 2015: Готовые домашние задания по геометрия 8 класс атанасян контрольная работа...
  • Ellen Schrier: Thank you so much! Please come back often!
  • Ellen Schrier: Hi Lisa, Sorry for the very late response. We are sorry to hear about your daughter and are sure that...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.