A New Social Media Site For Kids Too Young For Facebook: Togetherville

This was bound to happen sooner or later. A new online social network is now out in beta form--and it's specifically for kids too young for Facebook.

Called Togetherville, this online network aims to emulate the digital version of a safe and friendly neighborhood that is fun and interactive for both child and parent. As the founder and parent Mandeep Singh Dhillon says in an article in CNN:

"We built Togetherville using the spirit of the neighborhoods most of us remember when we were kids," said co-founder, CEO, and parent Mandeep Singh Dhillon, "where everyone knows everyone else and watches out for each other. In Togetherville, parents have peace of mind that their kids are playing with people they know and trust and kids have fun while learning the tools they need to become good digital citizens."

As online safety is a huge concern with any parent, the developers of Togetherville emphasize parental controls and parental permission for their children who enter this online community. As the article goes on:

"Fully compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Togetherville is intended for kids who are too young for Facebook, officially, but have parents immersed in that culture. The 6- to 10-year-olds are invited to engage with their real-world friends, play games, watch videos, and create art. Grownups act as the gateways for new contacts, assuming the responsibility for inviting other families to join each child's online neighborhood. Experiencing online networking together, grownups can guide their kids through the age-appropriate content in an ad-free environment."

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