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Parents need to know that Ohanarama is a family-centered social networking and gaming site. Users have the option of logging into the site using their Facebook account or by registering, which requires entering a first and last name, birth date, and email address. If the age you enter is less than 13, you're asked to submit a parent's email address. You can begin playing on the site immediately, but parents need to click on an activation link for you to challenge other family members to games and access all site features.
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OHANARAMA offers families a safe social networking- and game-playing option: Kids can friend other family members by sending them an email invitation through the site and can send them pre-written messages like "Love ya!"
Both kids and adults will find the dashboard easy to use. Although there aren't dozens of games on the site, the ones kids can play alone or with other family members are fun, and some help build memory and language skills. Plus, there's an incentive to try them: Playing games helps kids nab Neuro points, which can be redeemed for gift cards to stores like Target. (And the site gets points for encouraging philanthropy -- kids can also convert their Neuros into donations to several charities).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the site's social networking is super safe. Why would it be safer to only be able to talk to family members, and to only be able to use sayings someone else has picked for you to choose from?
What kinds of risks exist on a site where you can chat with anyone else who has registered -- whether you know them or not? What kinds of things should you be cautious of those people saying?
You can challenge family members to play games with you on the site. Find out how to get the most out of online games.
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For kids who love social networking and online games
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