Dear Amy: Is there a Facebook for kids online? — Lottie, Hollywell, Australia
Dear Lottie: Did you know that when Facebook started, it was a social networking site just for college students? Since then, Facebook has expanded to include anyone 13 or older. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is looking into allowing kids under 13 to join. Before Facebook can let kids sign up, it will need to follow all the rules that were established by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, to keep kids safe online.
In the meantime, there are many social networking sites made just for kids that you can join instead, with a parent or guardian’s permission. ScuttlePad, scuttlepad.com, allows you to create your own profile, connect with friends and make friends with other kids from around the globe. Everloop,
everloop.com, is a site just for kids under 13, where you can create a custom “loop” profile, play games, and connect with your friends through social “loops.” Yoursphere, yoursphere.com, is a site for kids and teens that lets you create your own avatar to explore a virtual world, play games and interact with your friends online. Have fun!
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