How Tweens Avoid Parents Snooping on Facebook
Yeah, it all starts early. Before Facebook accounts, Tweens, those between 8-12 yrs. old, want to be cool and emulate the older group, Teens. So, when the tween asks for a FB account, the parent often feels safe. Yet, the tween, in a few quick clicks, can chat with others their own age (we hope) on numerous other non-FB sites, like kidzvuz.com, viddy, playground, club penguin and fashionplaymates.
They can easily share photos by downloading Instagram or share videos by downloading Viddy. According to statistics, 15% under the age of 11 have their own cell phone. Parents worry about predators and bullying and about permanent electronic records their kids may make.
Kidzvuz is a FB-like site for tweens. Playground is a site that teaches tweens how to be responsible on social media. Disney owns the ever popular Club Penguin that is censored for bad words. Kids can play and be social with others. Fashionplaytes is for girls and is all about fashion.
But many kids are able to sign up to the same accounts adults and teens can even though they are under 13. All they do is lie about their birth date and their in. Others join with their parents permission. The odd thing about tween and teens is that they think their parents should not be able to see what they are doing, yet, thousands of strangers can.