Top 5 Social Media for Kids

This includes young children who do not always have a complete understanding of the dangers careless internet use can result in. If keeping your children safe, without preventing them from using the internet completely, is a priority as a parent, there are a number of options open to you. Here we list the top five social media sites that are safe for use by younger children.

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  1. Togetherville

Togetherville offers a social networking experience for kids, and it is based off their parent’s Facebook page. In order to sign up, the parent must use their own Facebook page to set up a profile for their child. The parent then has the ability to choose the friends or family who has access to the child’s page.

Along with other features, such as a lack of a private conversation function, and limited access to YouTube videos, the Togetherville privacy options allow kids to use social media safely. Whether they use the site to chat about kids attractions in Manchester or what they are having for dinner, there is no need for parental concern.

  1. Imbee

Imbee permits kids to create ‘fanzones’ for their favourite celebrities, athletes or musicians, and to join groups consisting of their own friends or write their own blog. Parents have free reign over their kids profile and have to authorise the initial setup with a credit card payment of around 60p. Explanations of how to navigate the security settings are provided for those parents wishing to ensure their child’s safety.

  1. giantHello

gianHello is a site aimed at slightly older children and provides a social media experience most similar to traditional adult social networks. It offers more freedom than many other sites, with kids permitted to discuss most things from their birthday party in Manchester that they’re excited about to their latest shopping purchase.

However, giantHello cleverly removes the ‘search friends’ function typical of many other social media websites. This prevents your child from ‘friending’ strangers, allowing them to link only with real friends. They do this by sending an e-mail invite or printing off a code that their friends can use online.

  1. Everloop

Everloop is a newer site, but boasts some impressive safety features for children. Parents have the option to limit different functions, such as restricting access to the Instant Messenger program. Parents also receive an update each time their child receives or sends a friend request and the site is monitored at all times for inappropriate content.

  1. ScuttlePad

ScuttlePad offers a unique way of approaching social media by radically changing the way in which kids communicate with each other. Instead of being allowed to say or do anything, kids have to communicate by choosing pre-selected words from drop down menus. This ensures that anyone of any age cannot say anything that may hurt or endanger someone else on the site. Though this a great tool for smaller children it may soon become tiresome or boring for older kids.

Carlo is a freelance writer based in UK anand blogs about social media, entertainment and things to do in Manchester covering everything from LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester attractions to internet safety. When he’s not online or cycling around town, you can’t get him out of the kitchen for his love of food.

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