WhatsWhat.me

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Tween social network with top-notch safety features.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Social networking can be fun, but tweens and young teens should start on sites that teach and limit users to appropriate behavior. Kids are encouraged to create groups of like-minded kids with other members in their own age group. There's a strong anti-bullying message here, too. 

Violence & Scariness

The games selected are pre-approved by site creators for no violence. Photos, posts, or groups promoting violence, including bullying, are not allowed. New groups are pre-approved by a moderator.

Sexy Stuff

A "shirts-on" policy means no swimsuit photos. Photos are reviewed by monitors and taken down if they are considered to be at all suggestive, and kids are given a warning and explanation why their photo has been removed. Posts and groups are also monitored for sexually suggestive topics.

Language

Professional moderators monitor the site, and anti-bullying rules are clear. Kids must approve posts of friends before they appear on their wall, and they can report inappropriate posts to monitors easily.

Consumerism

This is a pay-for-membership site, but there are no ads in the Beta phase, and developers say they don't plan on adding commercial ads in any phase of the site's development. Kids earn "Me Points" for prizes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WhatsWhat.me is pretty much the same as any well-done social networking site, but with bumpers. Especially created for kids ages 7 to 13, the membership fee-based site (currently in Beta version) focuses on teaching kids safe and friendly online behavior. Kids who are too young for Facebook or who have had experiences with bullying or other negative interactions on social networking sites may feel more comfortable in this more structured environment. Only kids with access to a webcam can register. The "MeKey" sign-in with face recognition is a new login method unique to this site. There are two steps that are used to try to ensure the MeKey login is secure: First, the webcam-related facial recognition software; second, a human who checks the images each time the child logs on. At the time of this review, membership fees were $3.95/mo or $29.95/year.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byGrotonMom April 15, 2011

Safe place for tweens to connect online

I am so glad this site exists for my "tweens." They wanted to be on facebook but obviously that is not appropriate. This site enables them to connec... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byc.h May 14, 2011
Kid, 10 years old May 9, 2012

HATE IT

well it is not even a website i mean i signed up and all and it just was this stuid web`-
Kid, 10 years old March 22, 2013

Is it any good?

WhatsWhat.me was created by law enforcement and cyberspace experts, so the safety features are top-notch. As one of a number of sites competing for the "too young for Facebook" crowd, there aren't a lot of games or groups on this new site yet, so it may take a while to see how the content will develop and how kids will respond. One of the best features of this site is that site moderators turn any problem posts into "teachable moments" for the kids whose photos or posts are removed or whose group is rejected. Overall, this site has gone above and beyond to create a safe space for kids to learn how to interact safely and have fun with social networking. 

Online interaction: Lots of safeguards here for positive online interaction between members. All posts kids receive must be approved by them before being seen by others. Groups are pre-approved by moderators so you won't find mean groups. There is one-to-one, email-style messaging so kids could potentially use that as a way to get around the anti-bullying measures. Kids can only interact with other kids within one grade level above or below them, unless approved by their parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to stand up to a cyberbully. This site has numerous rules and safeguards against bullying, but it's still a good idea to prepare your kids with information on the topic.

  • Families can talk about being safe online. Review Common Sense Media's Rules of the Road with your child to lay down basic online safety guidelines.

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