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February Roundup: Social Networking Sites For Kids

56 Comments 29 February 2008

Social networking is definitely not limited to adults. As you can see, there is a wide variety of sites that are geared towards our youth and while the idea is to get kids participation by playing games, it is already setting the foundation for the next generation of social media users.

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If you know of a site that your kids participate on that is not listed here, please leave a comment as this list will be updated throughout the year.

Must be at least 16 years of age:

Friendster PR 4 Online community connecting friends

Must be at least 14 years of age:

MySpace PR 8 A Place For Friends

Must be at least 13 years of age & in high school:
Facebook PR 8 Social Utility that connect people with those around them

Must be at least 13 years of age:

Hi 5 PR 6 Who’s in?
Xanga
PR 7 A weblog community
IMVU
PR 6 Chat with friends in 3D
There
PR 6 Online virtual world
Chamber of Chat
PR 6 Harry Potter online role playing game
Second Life
PR 8 3D Virtual World
Runescape
PR 6 Online adventure community
Pownce
PR 7 Create a network of friends and share files, links & events
Jaiku
PR 6 Share your activities
Tickle
PR 5 Social networking through personal development
43 Things
PR 7 Microblogging site to share with community
Bebo
PR 7 Social network for sharing and entertainment
Gaia Online
PR 6 Virtual community with games, message boards & economy
vSide
PR 6 Virtual music community
Windows Live Spaces
PR 7 Community of friends for sharing and blogging

No Age minimum but must have parents approval:
Imbee PR 6 Social Networking designed for kids 8-12
Active Worlds PR 6 3D virtual world chat
Boom Bang PR 4 Chat, make friends and explore a virtual world
Dofus PR 6 Mulit player online role playing game
Awol PR 3 Chats, games, diary, friends, & cribs
Sanriotown PR 6 Hello Kitty games, community, blogs and forums
Webkinz PR 6 Virtual pet community for plush pets
Club Penguin PR 6 Virtual world for kids
Marapets PR 3 Virtual pet site with games and chat community
Shining Stars PR 5 Chatting, naming stars and virtual star worlds
Neopets PR 6 Virtual world for pets
Endless Online PR 4 Community role playing games
Eternal Lands PR 5 Community role playing games
Furcadia PR 5 Community role playing game
Graal Online PR 5 Community role playing games
Guild Wars
PR 6 Community role playing games
Hero Online PR 4 Community warfare games
Millsberry PR 4 Home building community

There are hundreds more of the community role playing sites for kids, they are all very much the same so I decided not to list them all here. These types of games are not may favorite nor are they the “best” as far as networking sites for kids goes. However, they do allow certain features such as chats and interactive situations with other kids online. You can see a larger list of these Massive Multiplayer Role Playing Game (MMORPGs) here.

The important thing to remember when it comes to kids and social media is that parents should always have a very good idea of the games, people and sites their children are involved in, no matter how old the child is. The terms and conditions of these sites are set for a reason, abuse of them only creates problems. I’m also a firm believer in having access to all passwords for my kids accounts. Kids will argue about the invasion of privacy but let’s face it, their privacy is not nearly as important as their safety.

For more information on just how radically the internet is transforming the experience of childhood, check out Growing Up Online by Frontline. Frontline has created a great conversation by taking families into the very public and private worlds that are being created online. They are raising important questions and giving parents a chance to talk.

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56 Comments so far

  1. Chris says:

    Hi I am a primary school teacher and I am currently trying to teach the children in my class how to be safwhen social networking. I am meeting strong opposition from some of the other teachers as they are worried about the safety of the children although the children are always supervised. This list which is ace by the way will help convince some of the teachers that we live in a more digital world than they will ever know.
    Thanks

  2. Summer Camps says:

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  3. New on the list…www.mycrossconnect.com is a faith-based, family-friendly social networking site for K-8 families. My girls are 6, 10, 12 and have fun networking, messaging & chatting with approved connections. Online Book Clubs, Bible Studies, safe links, surveys, quizzes, videos, profile pages, etc… Family Membership is only $14.99 per year and $5 goes to one of three charities. You can network within your child’s school or within your church community as well.
    Parents must set up Membership and child has a sub-account connected to parent.
    No Advertising, No Anonymous Users

  4. Kate says:

    My sister has started using a site that was innocently enough called ‘drawing now.’ She asked for an account to save her tutorials on – and we thougth that was all it was capable of. Instead, the members are provided with profiles that look and work almost exactly like MySpace! They can upload pictures, add friends, comment on others walls, put in an about me. Be careful! Check everything! My 10 year old sister accessed social networking without anyone else knowing. Luckliy she was being safe, but I can only imagine her adding someone she didn’t know at all… she had one on her list she had never met, who proved to be a good friend’s cousin. Still scary. Just wanted parents to be aware that “drawingnow.com” is a myspace like social networking site.

  5. Siva says:

    Thanks for the wonderful article! I love kids very much, and I have started a new website called Pumpyumpy4Children. It will serve two main purposes, one is for connecting the orphanage homes and other for the children. It follows the standard social networking features. For a clear information on how to use, go through the link http://pumpyumpy.com/how-to-use/

  6. James says:

    http://www.kidzworld.com Kidzworld is a safe social network for kids


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