Keeping Kids Safe on Social Networks

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7 Responses

  1. Crys L. says:

    I allow my kids to have Facebook accounts. I have found that this is a great way for them to keep up with a lot of our family and some of their friends from their old schools, as well as meet some new ones. The best part is that my kids always ask me if it is okay to add someone who they don’t already know. I made it a rule that in order for them to have the account, I would always know their password. So I am also able to go on their accounts whenever necessary to check their privacy settings and make sure that everything is as it should be.

  2. Amy Murphy says:

    I would really love to know about social network sites that kids CAN use.  My kids aren’t old enough for Facebook, and I expect them to follow that age rule.  So are there any that are for kids?

    I know New Moon magazine has one, has anyone tried it?

  3. Charlene Shull says:

    I  would love to know a site for younger kids too. My oldest is 12 and my 9 and 7 year olds would like one too. My daughter is on disney fairies, by she only can use pre-selected phrases. FooPets has one too, I just heard about that one and haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Does anyone know any free sites for the under 13 crowd. It was nice when the kids could use the message boards on CA to get to know each other.

  4. Jodie says:

    My son is 9 and he is a member of Webkins and Club Penguin. With both of these sites the children can play games together and interact but the only way they can talk to each other is with a safe chat. That means that they can only choose what to say to each other with pre-made sentences so there is no way for them to give out their personal information or to be mean to each other. You do have to buy a Webkins animal to have access to that site each year (but this is inexpensive on Ebay if you make sure the code is unused) Club Penguin offers paid and free accounts. Hope this helps. 🙂

  5. lindsey says:

    I have tried Club penguin before. But nowadays it can be bit innapropriate. Just make sure you know your child and the site well.

  6. Jodie S. says:

    I’ve never seen anything inappropriate on Club Penguin but with all sites that my son goes on, my husband or myself have to be in the same room within eye range of the computer. He is not allowed to go on the computer alone.

  7. Karen Rice says:

    My feelings are: if a child is under 13, they probably should not be on social networks.  Furthermore, I feel that even most teenagers are too immature in many ways to handle social networks like Facebook.

    Facebook was initially created as a network for college graduates to communicate with each other. The fact that it appeals to teenagers does not make it appropriate – simply because the setting encourages negative behavior – people, including adults, are often at their worst on Facebook.  Adults, some at least, have the maturity, experience, and awareness to handle the negativity and the other issues that come up on Facebook – they are equipped; teens often are not. Sure there are exceptional teens who are very wise and mature for their age; but most are not. This is why you have cyberbullying and kids committing suicide over Facebook and MySpace bullying, teasing, taunting…

    Controlled chats like Webkinz provides are useless and a waste of time that would be better spent socializing with “real life” people using real conversations…at a library reading group, at the park, at a playdate…kids do not need social media; kids need real life socialization.

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