Alternative Websites Like Facebook For Kids Under 13

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Facebook No More!

If you think that Facebook is going to expose your kid to too many 'sexting' or inappropriate behaviors, you are in the right place.

In today's world of quick technology and the need for social network, you cannot really deny kids from that. You can however, limit the social networking sites that your kid visits.

Growing up back in the 1990s, the internet just got started and there weren't too many social networks out there. As a kid, I was pretty free to roam the internet with no supervision since my parents were not skilled with computers. They still aren't to this day. I visited porn sites as young as 13. It really was a destructive habit. Now that I am older and finally able to get out of the addiction, I can totally see why parents want to limit their kids on the internet. That is why I created this article, for the sake of allowing parents to apply some damage control, here are some websites like Facebook for kids.

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kids.aol.com

kids.aol.com is focused on making sure the content there is suitable for kids only. To sign up with them, it will require your credit card information, to ensure that they follow the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act(COPPA). You can also cancel your account at anytime.

They do have a lot of pop culture news on the website. They also have games suitable for kids, photos and educational articles about various subjects. They are definitely a trusted website for your kids to explore.

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Crom Social

Crom Social is a new site that was launched in 2012. It is a social network like Facebook, but for kids. Once your kid signs up, the friends request can only be approved by the parent. Report cards are sent to the parents to monitor what their children are up to.

The site also focuses on "saying no to bullies", "no to smoking" and "no to drugs". They also made the sign up harder than most websites. It requires a valid home address, phone number and email. After that, it requires electronic signature. Finally, it then gets approved by a current Grom Social adult and child member.

They definitely put a lot of effort in keeping kids out of harm's way.

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Your Sphere

Your Sphere is a cool kids social networking site. This is a site for kids who would like to share and voice their interests. With parents really concern about their children 'sexting' on sites like Facebook, Your Sphere tries to educate parents on what apps on smart phones that they should be aware about.

The main site has an attractive layout that is suitable for kids under 13. Kids with artistic talents will probably like this as they let you create your own avatars.

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Frank Town Rocks

Frank Town Rocks is a unique music, games and social networking all in one site. The owners of the site designed it to suit kids so that it is safe for THEIR KIDS to visit as well.

Your children get to create a character of their own and roam around the fantasy world. They get to meet other friends and play games, make music or listen to songs by Selena Gomez or Michael Jackson.

They do have a free version and also a paid version. So depending on how good you think it is, you can decide whether you want to pay for the extra features that it gives.

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Club Penguin

You can start being a Penguin, waddle around with other Penguins and roam around in the wacky world full of adventures. You get to meet other cool friends on there as well. It is one of the more popular games for kids. There is also a membership bonus if you decide to let your children get them. They can then completely deck out their characters and look cooler.

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Toon Town

This is a social game for kids that enjoy Disney characters. Even though it is obvious enough, I will still tell you that this game is created by Disney~! I used to watch plenty of the Disney cartoon shows like Duck Tales and Duckwing Duck. In fact, Donald Duck was my favorite. This game is free to play, but you get some added perks for being a member.

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Giant Hello

Giant Hello is a website focused on gaming for kids. Kids love to play games. So, this is a great place to let your kids visit. The games that they provide will prevent them from visiting Facebook or other adult social networking sites. This site is definitely suitable for kids 7-13.

The site will not allow random connection from strangers to protect the privacy of the kids. The kids are only able to connect with other kids that they know in real life. This includes classmates, camp mates, youth groups and cousins.

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Sweety High

Sweety High is one of the few social networking site that is catered to young teen girls. This site promotes art and entertainment as the main theme for young girls. The mission of the site is to provide an age appropriate platform for kids to visit and allow parents to monitor the behavior of their daughters.

The site gives young girls the opportunity to share their musical talents online and talk about the latest celebrity news. The design is made visually appealing to young teen girls.

Just make sure you keep Pedo Bear out of this website.

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Conclusion

These are some good websites like Facebook for kids under 13. They really put effort in making sure that your kid gets their privacy protected. No system is foolproof in preventing your kids from 'sexting' or learning bad behaviors, but they do help lessen the bad exposure out there. You have to appreciate what they do, even if it is not perfect. Ultimately, you as the parent, has to monitor what your kid does online.

Don't be like my tech inept parents and allow kids like me to roam freely on the internet! :D

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Kim_see 3 years ago

So much fun!


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beckieland 3 years ago from Binghamton NY

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! My daughter (9) has a Facebook page and I sit next to her whenever she uses it. She is not allowed to friend anyone that I haven't approved and she is very good about it. I can't wait to introduce her to the sites you've listed here. I shared this page with a friend of mine who is always looking for alternatives for her kids. You really have no idea how much you've helped me out! One mom to another - YOU ROCK!


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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

Haha, no problem beckieland, I try to help and thanks for reading!


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faith_love_hope32 3 years ago

You should add Club Penguin to your list. :) I think the key to keeping kids safe on any website is parental supervision at all times. I've seen so many things on Facebook that never cease to blow my mind. Young girls weary skimpy clothes and adding hundreds of guy friends they don't know; I saw a beautiful young teen girl from my town posting pictures of herself getting high - I tried to reach out to her and help her but was instantly attacked by her followers (a bunch of guys that had a crush on her) so it was reported offline.

I've seen cyber bullying, profanity, etc. A lot of cyber bullying... But you see adults cyber bully, as well. All over the internet. In articles, within the comments of articles, on youtube, etc. and we expect kids to learn to not cyber bully when adults all over the world do the same? When I was younger we didn't have cellphones and internet.

I think social networking should be left for ages 16 and up. This is after everything that I've seen for myself. I have a 17 year old that deleted his Facebook and wants no part of it. My 18yr old and 13 year old are barely on there and know how to act. I stay involved with other parents, as well. We all work together to keep an eye on our teens.

Oh, and another great site is Toon Town. My 17 year old still loves Toon Town! He just doesn't let his friends know this - lol.


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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

Cool faith_love_hope32, I will add Club Penguin and Toon Town to this list.

Yea cyber bullying can be pretty intense.

Don't worry, you can tell your 17 year old that loving Toon Town will not diminish his manhood in anyway shape or form. I still listen to kids songs at the age of 27. :D


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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

I had no idea there were so many options. My daughter loves pbskids online but in a couple more years she's gonna want to be "in touch" with friends so I'm glad I'm figuring this out now. Very useful, thanks for writing!


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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

No problem marion and thanks for reading!


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Thanks for recommending us about good social media sites for kids. Being a work-at-home person, it gives me the chance to supervise on the kids' surfing habits. I always advise them never to accept any friend requests from anyone they don't know, and avoid bullying and trolling. I have no idea that these sites exist, so thanks again very much. I will tell this to the kids. :)


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Hikapo 3 years ago from California Author

No problem! Thanks for reading!


Stuart Moseley 3 years ago

Hi all, i am currently creating a fresh alternative to facebook, i am the creator and owner, it is very user friendly and secure, users cannot update their status or add friends on their unless their email (and identity) has been independently approved by me, i basically made this site for the safety of youngsters :)

Stuart Moseley http://osn.uk.com/


rsen 33 3 years ago

your sphere i am choosing it


shamya 2 years ago

I hate this


ashley 2 years ago

this is weird


marylin 2 years ago

why do we have to do math is weird why and why i don't like math do you


marylin 2 years ago

shamya are you a boy or a gril


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Suzy Miles 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Thanks for your suggestions, I actually agree that sometimes Facebook can sometimes expose our children to inappropriate things. I checked out a couple of sites you've listed and they are awesome.


yakouna 2 years ago

good to know that there are alternatives of facebook for kids


Kaity Kyle 2 years ago

Yeah I have been looking for one for 2 years


Kaity Kyle 2 years ago

why did they even make a facebook if kids can't get on it my big sister Alyssa she is 15 she gets one im 9 this website is better than face book

at least my mom lets me on this


makai 2 years ago

i like face book and think it is for kids to


sam 2 years ago

i hate math i wish school didn't egzest

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devin 23 months ago

i hate justin bieber


carl 20 months ago

who doesn't?


jayden 20 months ago

school is dumb


dgrfgtytyh 19 months ago

stupid


Caitlin 19 months ago

Yeah well maybe we should get facebook for kids that'll be fun


ArkMage 18 months ago

Don't let kids on Facebook! It has...things.....in it...so unless you want your kid growing up how do I say it.....weird.....and may become rude and curse all the time :( also try Tetokids


demarco 18 months ago

Dealing with my little sister ugh


janyah 16 months ago

i am 9 yrs old


Trinity Elanine Beeseck 10 months ago

hi i am Trinity i am 8 years old i like the coler pink and i can spell mississippi

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