Everloop is created for kids under 13 years of age. But children as old as 15 are welcome to join. Here kids can add friends and engage with other kids online. They can also join groups. Once your child creates an account you will be sent an email to verify that account. After you click the link, you will be redirected to a page where you can create a “Parents Account” and monitor what your child do on the site. Everloop was created by three business women who were concerned that their kids had to lie and create accounts on social networking sites intended for adults.
Scuttlepad is mainly for kids between the ages 6 and 11 but all kids are free to join. Once your child creates an account using your email address, you have to verify it in order to let him/her in. Then your child can start personalizing his profile with photos and by adding friends. All basic social networking features are available for your child to start liking it instantly.
Whatswhat is a U.S only kids social network which, in order to verify parental consent charges a one-time nominal fee of 0.01 U.S dollars to your credit card. I think this is the best way to provide social networking service to kids as this process will diminish all chances of anyone creating a fake account.
Sweetyhigh is a girls only social networking site. Your child can join Sweetyhigh for free but to access “Be a Star” they need to get a membership. Membership plans start at 5.95 dollars for one month upto 49.95 dollars a year. It is very strong on privacy. Girls’ profile are only visible to their friends and parents can easily control what their kids do on the site.
Poptropica is a virtual online social network in which kids can create and customize their character. Even people as old as 25 years love playing on Poptropica. Here, you get to travel the world, play games and befriend with other kids. Even playing alone is fun. Poptropica is awesome and it kept me hooked for more than an hour yesterday. It has 76 million registered users worldwide.
Stardoll is the largest fashion-oriented online community for girls, where kids under 13 years of age automatically receive a “Kid Safe’ membership. Still they need to be extra careful in befriending girls older than them. Here kids can create a doll, customize its look, chat with friends and can also play games. Your child need to get written permission from you if he wants to chat with friends on Stardoll. Also, Stardoll notifies parents if kids stay on the site for an extended period of time.
Clubpenguin, owned by Disney allows kids to create their own colorful penguins representing themselves, make friends with other penguins, play games, chat and do a lot of other interesting things. For unlimited chat, kids need their parents’ clearance. Playing games, kids can earn virtual money to dress up their penguins and create igloos. Kids can visit other penguine’s ogloo and can befriend them. It has a userbase of 28 million. Playing is free, but you need to buy a membership plan in order to access all the special features of Clubpenguin.
There is all your child would love. There is a virtual social network with many features. It primarily focuses on creating realistically looking avatars, customizing them and exploring the world. Avatars can talk to each other in a comic book styled bubble and can even perform various actions. It can be fun to chat and play in the 3-D virtual world. Premium membership costs around 10 U.S dollars and with it, your kids can get access to a lot of additional features. Although safety features are put in place, parents need to monitor their child when they are on the site.