Togetherville

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Kids' social site connects to parents' Facebook friends.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive messages

The site makes no bones about the motivation behind it's creation: To get kids ready for social networking. Depending upon your feelings about social networking, you could view this as a positive or a negative.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Parents need to have a Facebook account to open a child's account and friends are funneled through Facebook 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is designed to be an introduction to social networking -- Facebook with training wheels, if you will. Positive features include super-safe posts that use scripted phrases, and the ability to socialize with known friends -- without stranger-danger and inappropriate posts. Parents are kept on top of all interactions and have control over the friend selection process. But because Togetherville trains kids in the ways of social networking, you'll have to think long and hard about what age you want your kids to start. Parents also need to be aware that an adult Facebook account is required for the creation of children's accounts on this site.

User Reviews

Educator and Parent Written byMusicMomma3 April 17, 2013

Site gone.

This website was taken down in 2012. It is no longer a live website.
Parent of a 4 and 10 year old Written bynotxasj September 15, 2011

Unimpressed

Have not been able to have child sign up. My printer does not currently work so unable to print form. They claim you can confirm identity by providing credit ca...
Teen, 15 years old Written bymarrttinnswaqq June 3, 2012

this site

it is very good
Kid, 10 years old August 21, 2010

togetherville is awesome!

i love togetherville! i have an account and it a a great way for kids to connect with friends! you can play games, make art, watch safe youtube videos, and lea...

Is it any good?

There are many things to love about TOGETHERVILLE. First of all it fills a void as a way for younger kids to get in on the Facebook phenomena. You can post pre-scripted status updates, customize your logo, and play games similar to ones on the grown-up social network site. The games are actually of better quality than the ones on Facebook -- and you won't find all of the scams and annoying ads like you do on Facebook. If you have a Facebook profile, Togetherville is a good option for elementary-aged kids who want to share pictures with relatives on Facebook. It's also a way to start an early discussion about the rules of socializing online.

Online interaction: Pre-scripted status updates and comments resemble Facebook's interactivity. Parents control who their kids can become friends with, and these connections are limited to known adults who have a Facebook account, or the children parents' friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the rules of social networking. Whether sites have safety nets or not, what are some ground rules for safe socializing online? What are some pieces of information that are strictly off limits?

  • Families can talk about the drawbacks to social networking. Is it something elementary-school aged children should be focused on, or are there better ways to socializing, like playing together outside? What happens to our communication skills if we spend too much time in front of a screen? Do you think it is as fun to chat with someone online as it is to do so in person?

  • Families can talk about setting time limits on digital entertainment. How much is too much time for an eight-year old to spend online? What other forms of communication and entertainment are you giving up if you focus too much on online social interactions?

Website details

For kids who love interactivity on the web

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