Disney Acquires Togetherville as Competition Heats Up for Children’s Social Networks
Togetherville gives parents who might otherwise be leary of their children joining a social networking site some sense of security by requiring parents to log in for their children, using an existing Facebook account. Children never enter Facebook themselves, and parents have some control over their children’s online profiles by approving friends. In addition to monitoring online activity, parents can post messages to their children’s walls and send virtual gifts.
By acquiring Togetherville, Disney is continuing to expand its offerings to children online. The social networking site joins other sites that Disney has acquired, such as Club Penguin and Funschool.com.
There is no fee for joining Togetherville, and the site does not advertise to children at present.
What do you think? Is it inevitable that legal social networks geared toward children will pop up? How do you feel about allowing your children to join? Share a comment below.