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Posted 5/21/10
Apparently someone has created a website called Togetherville as a social network for children not old enough on Facebook. It seems safe because the parents are able to monitor what the children do and who they chat with.


Link: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/For-Children-a-Social-Network-nytimes-142793176.html?x=0&.v=1

So is this a good idea or a bad one?
Posted 5/21/10
It looks okay since the parents can sign up & monitor their child's activities & who they add as friends. I would favor it since its a place where little kids can go away from lewd material. & as long as the parents make sure their kids aren't doing anything wrong & etc.
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I disagree with it. We all know how wonderful the computer is, but it's not healthy to start kids out on something like that so early. They need to be doing things other than playing with electronics. It'll screw with their development. Not only that, but starting the kids out chatting is a bad idea, too. They're more likely to do something stupid later on.
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Posted 5/21/10
^ It's better than having second graders on Facebook friending pedos.
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Beautyqueenjellybean wrote:

I disagree with it. We all know how wonderful the computer is, but it's not healthy to start kids out on something like that so early. They need to be doing things other than playing with electronics. It'll screw with their development. Not only that, but starting the kids out chatting is a bad idea, too. They're more likely to do something stupid later on.


I disagree with most of the things you said. Little kids should have a basic idea how the computer and websites work so its easier for them later on. And it doesn't always screw their development, unless their parents are retarded and let them play for hours and hours. Starting the kids to chat might not be a bad thing. If they know how to chat, they won't be anti-social. They'll know how to face people in real life and online. And they won't do something stupid later on.... Unless someone teaches them bad things.
Posted 5/21/10
what ever happened to the playground or going outside for forming a social network?? I have my own reasons for be a lolicon otaku that dewlls to much on my personal life bit I don't want to see kids become addicted to the computer like I am... sigh
Posted 5/21/10
just give em a dose of chat roulette
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Posted 5/21/10 , edited 5/21/10
as with all things there are positives and negatives. the idea holds some merit, in so long as parents actually monitor their children. but i'm not too optimistic that even half will. i think most will assume its safe, maybe monitor once or twice, maybe not at all, and depend upon it as a babysitter of sorts.

i think its cool to give younger kids a place were they can be kids. early exposure to network technology will certainly change the lives of some children the same as music and sports. but for most, i think it may prove a simple yet valuable head start in teaching children net etiquette and safety, computer literacy and so on.


Togetherville allows parents to build a social circle for their children based on their own collection of Facebook friends. The children can then interact with the children of their parents' friends, and specific adults that their parents have chosen, in a semi-private environment.


i'm not too sure about this part, if their is no option for children to choose their own friends. i think it would be stupid that children solely build friends around their parent's circle of friends. to me it would be far more beneficial to the children and parents both if children built their own circle based upon whatever factors they consider desirable in a friend. i think that would allow the child to exhibit a sense of identity and develop their own personality plus give the parents insight into their child's preferences and thought processes.

i simply think parents need to understand that they have a responsibility to protect their own children, not the internet, government or whatever or whoever. also they should consider that children still should play outside once in a while. so all things in moderation. if this is the case, then why not.

one final thought, the what happened to children doing this or that is backwards thinking. your parents probably asked the same thing about your activities and their parents asked the same about theirs. you have to look to the future whatever that may bring and not be get stuck in the past. sure children should play outside but exposure to new things you did not have as a child is essential for progress.
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Posted 5/21/10
I think its a great idea. When i was a kid i was picked on alot and had no friends, but if something like that was around i'd at least have someone to talk to when i got home
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Posted 5/21/10
lol~ great for kids:) heheh~^^^
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Posted 5/21/10
I don't think little kids should be using the computer....SO it's a no for me.
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Posted 5/21/10
I like the points that have been brought up here. There's a lot of potential for this to go either really good or really bad, and I wouldn't be surprised if it does both. Personally my first reaction was that this Togetherville is really creepy.

It's a good idea for kids to be safely exposed to computers and the Internet. It's also a good idea for them to learn about the importance of both safety and privacy on a social networking site. Let's face it, these sites are here to stay and will only evolve and grow.

Parents will need to take a regular, active role in this and if they do then the kids stand to learn a lot. Ideally, time on the network will be restricted and the kids will be encouraged to go outside more often than not (we can dream, right?). There's no reason why kids can't use a social networking site for reasons similar to why we use them, and the parents could use it to surprise the kids with some activity or other.

What I would hate to see develop is a dependencey on it (ala Facebook addiction) and a preference for it over real-life interaction. Starting early could help teach the kids to avoid that situation and to learn through experience that real-life is more important. If the parents don't take an active role like that, however, then I could see this doing more harm than good.

I suppose that's what it always comes down to, isn't it? Parents and peer groups.
Posted 5/21/10 , edited 12/23/10
Now there will be less 7 year olds on Facebook. Not.
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Posted 5/21/10
I think it's a good idea. I don't want little kids to randomly make a FB account and friend random people. >_>

When I was younger, I helped out alot of little kindergarteners after lunch. They didn't know how to use a computer and it was troublesome. I think it's a good idea for them to understand what a computer is or how it works. :3
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Posted 5/21/10
reminds me of club penguin! kinda, they dont let you say anything at all when disney took over but i guess it was good in a way..
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