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Parents need to know that Imbee, a Facebook-like social networking site for kids age 8-14, is a safer choice -- as long as the parent or teacher who approves the child's membership uses the many parental control options and monitors the child's activity on the site frequently. For paid "premium" members, there's also a profanity-free music service called imbee radio, as the site attempts to become the Facebook and Pandora alternative for the tween and younger teen set.
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For kids age 8-14 who like pop culture news, current music, and want to try a Facebook-like account of their own, IMBEE is a safe place to enter into the worlds of social networking and legal use of online music. There's a promising pitch here for a No Bully Zone "Think Before You Send" campaign, as well as good tutorials and Internet safety information for parents (who can connect with the site through their Facebook page) and kids. The more active users this site attracts, the more groups and fan sites will form, which will also boost the overall experience. Kids on the younger side of the 8-14 spectrum may find that the site is not directed enough for them.
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Families can talk about kids' safety and behavior on social networking sites. If imbee is your child's first foray into social networking, read Common Sense Media's Parent Advice Tipsheet on Social Networking.
Talk about "friending" people on a social networking site. How does your child feel about having a parent or teacher as an online friend? How would you, the parent, feel if your child was a friend of yours on Facebook?
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