Facebook is meant to be used only by teenagers and adults ages 13 and older. Tweens are dying to get on to Facebook so as not to be left out. During the last few years, social networking sites for tweens have been popping up to given the tweens more age appropriate places to meet up. Parents don’t need to give in and let their tweens onto Facebook if they stick together and check out all the tween social sites and try to find one that their kids might enjoy.
I’ve already written about many of these websites in Websites for Teen and Tween Girls, Tweens are Everywhere: Five more websites for Tween Girls and Social Websites for Teens and Tweens. Here are 3 new social networking sites for tweens that you can now also check out.
1. Everloop – Everloop is as safe a social networking experience as you can get. In addition to a credit card being necessary for sign-up, parent notifications and site monitoring, what really makes Everloop unique is the “social looping” platform. There is a privacy loop around each child’s connections. So, each tween can feel comfortable sharing information, playing games and participating in collaborative projects, knowing that it is only with others in her loop.
Everloop contains educational resources, entertainment opportunities and apps and tries to foster content sharing, innovation and entrepreneurial development within each loop. If tweens want to intersect with other loops, parents will be notified. Parents can set their preferences for the type of things they want to be alerted about. Everloop is partners with iSafe and has won many safety awards and certifications.
2. Togetherville – No longer in service.
3. Garden Party – Garden Party is more of a virtual world website with socializing, as opposed to a social networking site. Unique virtual world for kids that allows them to interact with children from around the world in a safe and fun way. There are single-player, multiplayer and moderator led activities.
By playing Garden Party your child will learn about social interaction and the importance of team work through our fun cooperative games. Players will also learn about the value of money and the responsibilities of tending to a garden. Garden Party is monitored 24-hours a day by moderators that have years of experience and training regarding online child safety.
Above are some very different type of websites in which tweens can have fun and socialize. If you can find just one that they might like, you might possibly be able put off the lure of Facebook a little longer.
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