More: Kids Social Networking

In fact, most of these sites are remarkably safe. For example, at sites like Webkinz, members can only chat by choosing from a list of the site’s preexisting conversational snippets—safe but a bit stifling. Language and profanity filters at Club Penguin are so strict that one user complained of being blocked from the site for 24 hours after misspelling the breed of puppy his family had just bought—it was a Shih Tzu. Parents, after doing their due diligence, can generally rest easy: it may not be very difficult for adults to join many of these sites, but their online interaction with people they don’t know in the offline world is severely curtailed.

Tech: Social Networking for 9-Year Olds – Newsweek Technology – MSNBC.com

I think Anne/Larry from blogsafety based their article (which I linked from in the last post) on this piece from MSNBC.com.

I dig the fact they called out the “Members ca only chat by choosing from a list of the site’s preexisting conveersational snippets–safe but a bit stifling.” PREACH ON! That’s why we’re doing our best to keep our tiny, but AWESOME community happy with fully moderated everything– as close to live as possible.

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