Posts Tagged "Social Networking"

TOGETHERVILLE.COM (A Dad in the Middle Review)

Togetherville This site has been known as Dad in the Middle for quite some time now.  It is a name which causes some confusion, but it is based on my position as a father, and a more specifically a Christian father, who is stuck in the middle of what I used to be before Christ and what God is turning me into.  As the father of four in a technological age, one of my constant struggles is to keep track of what my kids are doing online.  As a Christian Dad in particular, I face the added struggle of explaining to my kids why they are not allowed to do “what everyone else is doing.” As a Dad in the Middle of it all, I appreciate resources that help me in that endeavor, and today I am going to review one such resource.   Togetherville.com provides kids under the age of 13 a fun and engaging alternative to Facebook.

The Problem / The Need

Every good product serves a need or solves a problem.  Here is the problem we are going to talk about today – Facebook has become a bit of an institution in our society.  More and more people join every day, and that means more and more kids are exposed to Facebook every day.  And let’s face it, Facebook is fun!  It’s fun to connect with people, there are plenty of cool games to play, and keeping up on trendy things is just generally fun.  That means kids will also want to be involved, and the problem for them is that Facebook does not allow pre-teens to be members.  In reality, I do not actually view the fact that pre-teens are not allowed on Facebook as  a “problem” because I don’t think most kids under 13 should be on Facebook to begin with, but it does present a problem from the kids’ standpoint as they increasingly desire to enjoy the same internet driven social networking that their parents and friends are using.  For parents who have signed their kids up for Facebook when they are not yet 13, there was an interesting discussion on CMConnect.org about the implications of allowing kids to lie about their age in order to obtain access to the site.  That alone should give us pause for concern as Christian parents.

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