it's great plus if ur worried about safety make a private profile so you chose who follows you. I have one and have never had a problem if you give out ur info its ur fault u have to be careful on every site!
it's actually great, because if kids want to connect with friends, but aren't 13 they won't lie about their age and make a face-book. if you don't have a gmail you cannot get one. But it is kind-of lame, because your friends need to have a gmail too for you to connect with them.
Buzz isn't nearly as bad or dangerous as Facebook, and in my opinion Facebook isn't even that bad. I've have an account for two years, and my friends or I never had any problems. It's as innocent as conversation with our friends, and it would be sad if Buzz were moderated.
I'm not allowed to have a Facebook until I'm older, and I find Buzz a good alternative as it is much safer. You can set a bunch of security features to what's just right for you. As long as you trust your child to not follow people they don't know or anything then you are fine! It is VERY difficult to find people you don't know on Buzz as when you go onto your Gmail and click Buzz it only shows your 'Wall' and you only see posts from the people you are following and posts that you posted. The only people you may not know are maybe your cousin's, aunt's, followers or such on there and even if you did follow them it's not a safety issue if a close relative knows them well.
Google Buzz is accessible to anyone with a Gmail account. Though you must be thirteen, children can easily lie about their age just to have an e-mail account with Google. I admit, I did it when I was 11. Anyways, everything posted on Buzz is created by users, so there is no guarantee everything will be appropriate for children. Just make sure your child is very mature and knows who to follow and who not to (and who can follow them) before you let them have a Gmail.
Google buzz is only safe if you only follow people you know in real life. My only safety problem is that one of my friends from sleepaway camp has people from her school and camp comment on her posts. Sometimes problems come up from this, likr talking to people you don't know, and feeling excluded. My best rule for this is: If you wouldn't scream it in a crowded room, don't say it on buzz (or facebook or twitter).
I don't actually think that Buzz is bad ... unless you're following some weirdo who talks about drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. But as long as you limit only Buzz Followers to seeing your page, all is good. People can post anything they want, but unless you type in a random name and they have something innapropriate on their Buzz, it's not really Google's fault. Actually, I've never noticed any ads. Buzz is just used for updates, like a Facebook wall.
I have gmail, so i was looking at it to see what it was. It looked pretty cool, like a facebook. SEE WHAT IM SAYING? If you have a facebook, then go ahead. That's basically what it was, but for gmail users. A bunch of ppl my age have facebooks, and im not one of them. Im not allowed to. So, i probably wouldn't be able to have one of these either. Probably no go good for kids under 15.
I think it's a great way to make chat rooms with friends. Although if you don't make your 'buzzes' private then anyone can see it. Any words are aloud to go on which really only matters what age group you're 'buzzing' with.
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