Social networking sites can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. Designed with adults in mind, sites such as Facebook and Twitter are used by millions of people every single day.
Worryingly for parents, a lot of children have managed to sneak onto these sites by altering their date of birth. This leaves them wide open to a lot of potential online issues such as cyber bullying, pornography, paedophilia and fraud. If you want to keep your children safe, there are a few social networking sites created especially for children.
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In terms of security, What’s What is one of the best social networking sites for children. Parents have to use their credit card number to create an account for their child. No money is taken out of the account; it’s purely for identification purposes.
You also have to submit three webcam photos of your child for approval. If an adult creates an account, it’s only a matter of hours before it is blocked by the staff on the site.
The main advantage of this site is the fact children can’t become friends with people who aren’t in their age range. The site is monitored so you can be sure your children are safe while using it.
Skid e-Kids is another one of the many great networks available, but it encourages parents to create a profile on the site too. Moderators look at photos, comments, stories and any content that is flagged as inappropriate.
Your children will be able to swap messages, upload videos, play free games and update their status. All videos have to be approved before they are posted up. This is another great security feature that ensures your children aren’t exposed to inappropriate content.
Compared to many other social networking sites for kids, this one doesn’t need as much parental approval, so it’s perhaps better for those with slightly older children.
Club Penguin is created by Disney and it’s a cute, fun social networking site for kids. There are a massive 28 million users on this site and it’s aimed at children aged six-14 years.
They can play games, make friends and participate in a number of activities. There are three different levels of membership available or your child can have a free account. Members get to do more things such as customise their penguin and prices start from £2.50 per month. You have to type in the parents email address as it’s the parent that needs to sign their child up to the site.
In this day and age children are quite savvy when it comes to social networking, so if they are going to have an account on these types of sites, it might as well be on one that is specifically designed with children in mind.
Remember, that while these are targeted towards children, it’s still important that you monitor their activity regularly.
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