Amid a plethora of social networking sites that cater to only teenagers and adults, there are also a handful of children sites which are well protected from predators.
One such site is the Everloop, designed to introduce kids as young as 6 to the world of social networking, reports the New York Daily News.
AdvertisementOn Everloop, kids can create profiles, chat with friends, play games and upload media, all in closed content 'loops.'
These loops are fully enclosed within Everloop, which requires parents to choose which activities their children can participate in on the site.
On Everloop, parents also decide who can join their child's friendship loop and who their child can email, chat and even text with the new SMS service 'EverText'.
It's security system automatically blocks things like phone numbers, addresses and swear words from being posted to the site.
Unlike Facebook, kid-centric sites like Togetherville for young children and Everloop for tweens, involve parents in signing-up and monitoring their children's activity.
With their stricter privacy rules and requirement of parental oversight over their child's account, these sites help kids improve their socialization and communication skills.
According to Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, author of 'Cybersafe,' while preparing children to be digital citizens is important, "parents shouldn't feel any peer pressure or pressure from their kid," to get them on social media.