Saturday, May 17, 2014

Safe Social Networks

G'day, my tech savvy girls!
I hope you've read my How to Be Safe on the Web post. If not, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, click January 2014, and look for the post name. I recommend reading that before reading this post.
Anyway, as you can see in the title, we will be talking about social networks/networking.

Social networking is a great skill to learn. It teaches you to be safe on the web, and also socially helps you meet new friends. Downfalls to social networking is that you may get addicted to the website, and won't want to go make friends you can actually SEE. Some girls agree it's easier to make online friends, and that's cool, but never forget to get outdoors!

Now, here are some rules of social networking you should remember and understand:

1. Do not chat with people you don't know
2. Do not add someone you don't know without parent permission
3. Never invite a stranger to your house or give them your phone number, without parent permission
4. Always ask before going onto your online network
5. Be careful in chat rooms. If the conversation is getting inappropriate, mean, or rude, immediately leave.
7. Do not secretly sign up for different programs, especially when you are told not to (I will discuss this topic more in another post)

To sum it up: Always ask a parent or trusted adult about something you're unsure about online.

Here are some safe social networks and that are secure and safe. Please ask an adult before signing up:

ohanarama social network
Age 5+ 
Ohanarama is a game site designed for the whole family. Parents have the option to log in through their Facebook account or by registering. With your approval, your child can challenge other families on the website to games.
club penguine social network
Age 7+
More of a game than a social network, Club Penguin introduces children to avatars in the form of penguin characters, which they can use to play games in an online community. The site has parental controls, and the chat feature filters conversations, allowing users to choose from pre-approved phrases.
everloop social network
Age 8+
On Everloop, an “EverCrew” is designated to monitor and filter chats, posts, videos, and photos. Kids can join different “loops” to connect with users who share the same interests in music, movies, nature, sports, and more.

kidzvuz social network
Age 8+
This site allows kids to upload and comment on videos, which can focus on reviews of books, games, TV shows, and more. A site moderator approves all videos and comments before they are posted.
yoursphere social network
Age 9+
Yoursphere offers contests, rewards, games, a virtual world, and more to children under age 18. Check out Yoursphere’s sister website on safety information for parents, called
grom social network
Age 10+
Grom Social is a newer social network developed by 11-year-old Zachary Markand his family. Zachary decided to create his own social network because he wasn’t old enough to join Facebook. The network also has a word filter suppressing profanity and is a bully-free zone. It requires approval for users over 16 to join. Check out the Parents’ Q&A section for more information.
giant hello social network
Age 10+
This site is similar to Facebook, but kids cannot be contacted by strangers. They can only connect with real-life friends by sending a code in person or through email. GiantHello offers a variety of games, but parents should monitor the games their kids choose.
franktown rocks social network
Age 10+
Franktown Rocks is a multiplayer online game that allows kids to listen to popular approved music. Users can create characters and build houses, drive cars, play games, and more.
sweety high social network
Age 11+
Sweety High is a social network for girls that offers parental controls and content moderation. The site focuses on shopping, fashion, and celebrities.

Have fun online, girls!

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