I recently read about a new site, Togetherville.com, a social networking site for grade-schoolers & was intrigued. I had a chance to chat with the people behind the site to figure out what it is all about:
Togetherville is a place for kids ages 6 to 10 get their very own free online neighborhood and login to engage with real-world friends, play games, watch videos and create art in an ad-free environment. And, parents and other approved grownups have their own site section where they login to communicate with their child and other kids they know. This makes online interactions easy, whether a parent is in the next room, at work or traveling halfway around the world.
There are no strangers, no avatars and no anonymous usernames in a Togetherville neighborhood. Only a parent can create a child’s account, and parents are encouraged to use a child’s real name and photo to build and foster real-world relationships. Each child’s neighborhood is unique and built entirely around existing personal relationships, using a parent’s own Facebook network as the base, so there is no need to create a new network from scratch. Parents simply use their Facebook login to create a child’s account, and Togetherville instantly identifies which Facebook friends and their children also use Togetherville. Then parents can “allow” specific parents and/or kids into their child’s neighborhood or send an invitation to others to join. When kids log on, they will see their neighborhood friends divided between “kids” and “grownups,” and can interact with others or explore hundreds of apps, games and videos.
They recently added allowances that allow kids can earn Togetherville allowance from adults to spend on virtual goods, games, and gifts.