Togetherville- Social Networking for Children

Facebook has become an unescapable part of both social and pop culture. To me it seems like everyone has a Facebook- professors, parents, grandparents.

Disney, being the savvy business enterprise it is, has decided to get it’s hand in on the social networking money maker, by targeting their main demographic- children.

Disney recently acquired a site called Togetherville, and it’s meant for children under the age of ten. Parents can sign up via their Facebook accounts. According to the Togetherville website, parents approve their child’s friend request, while allowing their child to meet friends from their school district.

According to TechCrunch, members can, “play games, watch videos and create art.”

Is this really safe? Can anyone get an account? I went to sign up for this site (I don’t have a kid). You just need to enter your credit card number, and the site will charge a cent to your account. That’s all you need to do to verify your identity as a parent.

Theoretically, parents approve each friend request sent to their child. Whether or not this proves to be sufficient security, remains to be seen.

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