What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this social networking site has made some serious efforts to ensure kids have a safe experience. Users can't friend strangers through the site; they need to get a randomly generated code for each friend they invite to join, and send it via text or print it out and bring the code to school.
What's it about?
Jabbersmack, formerly Kidsocial, has social networking down to a near science. Kids under 13 can only friend real-life acquaintances by giving them a "Secret Friendship Code," and a parent needs to approve the account before kids can communicate. However, although the safeguarded social networking likely will be a big draw, some parents may not be crazy about kids' ability to follow specific brands
Is it any good?
Many social networking sites try to safeguard kids under 13, with mixed results -- but, on most counts, Jabbersmack gets it right. Users who are over 13 can add friends using their Facebook accounts, but younger kids are required to text or print out a code for each friend they invite. They can play games, watch TV, or listen to tunes without getting parental approval. However, before kids under 13 post photos or other items, parents -- who also can register to monitor their kids' site activity -- need to verify and approve a child's account. And kids can't fool the system by entering their own email addresses during registration: A credit card is required to verify the account (the charge is less than $1 but proves an adult is giving the OK).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's safer for a social networking site to only let you chat and share things with friends you know from school and other places. Why might it be a bad idea to friend a stranger on another site that doesn’t have any restrictions?
Even though you're only talking to friends you know on Kidsocial, it's still not a good idea to say anything hurtful or mean. What common courtesies should you follow when posting comments and other things for friends? How should you react if someone says something that makes you feel uncomfortable?