One of the biggest concerns parents have today is whether or not their children are safe online. The internet allows almost anyone access to others throughout the world. Parents worry about who their children are talking to and adding to contact lists on social networking websites. Togetherville provides parents with a valuable tool to keep young children safe. A parent or guardian can create an online network of people that they know their children know. Togetherville gives kids a way to communicate with friends and family online while learning how to use social networking tools all within the safety of a parent-created network.
Togetherville was created in 2007 by Mandeep Dhillon. The app was acquired by Disney in February 2011. Based out of Menlo Park, California, the site was intended to give children and adults an online neighborhood that was safe. Parents could closely monitor the people their children were able to communicate with while their children were able to be a part of an online community of people they know. Today, the site serves much the same purpose, helping children and their parents or guardians enjoy the internet without risking their safety. Togetherville was acquired by Disney in February 2011.
There are many social networking websites out there, but most are intended for a general group of people. Togetherville is specifically designed to allow both parents and children to use the site with peace of mind. Mom and dad can monitor their children’s activity and relax knowing that their children can only access approved individuals through their social network. Togetherville does not share profile information to search engines like Google, so children’s information remains invisible to strangers.
The Togetherville website provides a very inviting atmosphere for adults and children alike. Large, colorful banners depict children and their parents socializing and interacting. A playful blue and orange logo featuring an adult elephant trailed by two baby elephants compliments the green, blue and orange color scheme. The site is well organized and easy to navigate so internet users of all ages and skill levels can easily find what they are searching for and enjoy Togetherville.
Parents can create a Togetherville account by logging in through Facebook. After clicking the blue Facebook button at the top right hand corner of the homepage, the user is presented with a smaller pop up box asking for Facebook login information (this box actually goes to Facebook). After registering this way, the parent can create accounts for their children, which are linked to their Togetherville account. A note is added to reassure parents that their children will not be able to access Facebook through Togetherville after their accounts are created. The Facebook login is only to verify the user’s identity and streamline the registration process.
Just like almost any other popular social networking website, Togetherville allows users to create an account for free. All features are made available and the user can add contacts, socialize or monitor their children’s accounts at no cost. The free price tag also makes it easy to encourage friends and relatives to join Togetherville so that the user’s children’s social networks can grow; giving them more access to the people they know and trust.
Togetherville is an ideal website for parents of children ages ten and under. By giving mom and dad complete control and the ability to monitor the child’s activity, Togetherville can reassure parents while allowing children to taste a little bit of online freedom. Little ones can chat with friends and be a part of a social network that they know.