Togetherville; Facebook for Kids

by Mum Dee on May 21, 2010

Have you heard about the new addition to the online world called Togetherville? It is a place where children of people who are members of Facebook can let their children connect with people they know on Facebook and trust to have contact with their children eg: grandparents and other family members or perhaps close family friends and their children. The hope is that kids will be able to be part of a neighborhood like environment online. Children are not allowed to use Facebook on their own until they are over 13.

It is an interesting idea since lots of families use Facebook and would like to be able to communicate with the children as well. On Togetherville children will have access to educational games, art programs and videos that have been pre-screened. Sounds like a fun place.

They are planning to keep children safe by only allowing the parents to select the friends for their children. Kids will not be allowed to upload or have private chats. As well kids are not searchable or discoverable and only their parents can choose what will show up on Facebook.

This sounds like an interesting idea since children really want to be included in this type of social media. Perhaps this will give children a safer and more controlled avenue for them to use this online world rather than them creating Facebook profiles behind their parents backs and lying about their age on registration.

I wonder if this service can really protect children from those that are going to try to hack into their world. What do you think of all this?

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Carmen May 21, 2010

Only time will tell. Looks promising.

Mariah May 22, 2010

Romi asks me every other day if she can get facebook, to which I always reply “NO!”
Maybe we should give this a try… looks safe enough but still fun. =)
Since it’s a free service, how do they pay for it? Is there advertising on the site or something?

Mum Dee May 22, 2010

Mariah: Good question! I popped off an email to them to ask how they pay for the site.

Marsha May 22, 2010

I discovered togetherville.com this morning. I like what I have seen so far. I am getting ready to post a blogpost about togetherville also.

Mum Dee May 22, 2010

In answer to the question about “How are they paying for the site?” their response to me was “Currently we plan to make money by allowing parents to buy Allowance for their kids. That will be implementing in the next few weeks.”

Jeanne May 22, 2010

sounds like a cool idea…not sure if my kids are ready for it yet & i do wonder if they can really keep it a safe place?? will be curious to hear other people’s thoughts :)

Jackie May 22, 2010

I am hesitant enough having my own self on facebook, though I like it. I don’t think I’ll let my kids use togetherville for a few reasons: I know that when I have time to spend with them than we will not be on the computer, so it would become a babysitting tool for them (meaning unsupervised) and I have no doubt facebook will find a way to market to my chidren. Second, if they want to communicate with their far off friends, they can skype and email- I like the complete sentences and real-time better AND it is really fun to watch!

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