Finally, a social network safe for kids, 7-17

December 2, 2009

I was very excited when I saw this post by Social Media Mom, on MyAlltop this morning. Just a couple of weeks ago I met several mothers at fit for 2 cafe who voiced their concerns over Cyber bullying. They were also anxious that they weren’t clued in on the sites their kids were entering.

A few days after the conversation took place, my daughter’s friend invited her to open a Facebook account. I said no, to her because she is under 13. If I were to let her open an FB account and allow her to exaggerate her age, I guess what I am telling her is that it is ok to lie. The consequence would be, she may take it as a green light for her to enter other websites, even if they aren’t age-appropriate.

I checked out FaceChipz earlier today and am impressed at their security features. The site has a filter that block out swear words and inappropriate emoticons. It also disallows any search engines from picking up the kids’ postings . Read more on the safety and privacy highlights.

What is also interesting is, it provides Cyber Safety guidelines for parents and educators as well as a printable agreement for using the Internet which we can download and use as a contract with our children.

How FaceChipz works as a social network is, both parents and children have to sign up and pay USD1 for registration. Take note that only parents and guardian can pay for the registration via credit/debit cards.

The next step is to purchase Chipz from FaceChipz store. Children can then exchange their chips with other children, and this can only be done in person. After swapping the chipz they are then required to register the code printed behind the chipz on the website, before they can become friends.

Apparently FaceChipz is really catching on. I am planning to register my daughter and check out its popularity in Malaysia.

If you are reading this, and your children is a FaceChipz user, please let me know about your children and your experience. I would really love to hear from you.


8 Responses to “Finally, a social network safe for kids, 7-17”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Editor Express, Norlin Wan Musa. Norlin Wan Musa said: Social network safe for under 17 […]

  2. Jana Says:

    my 11 year old daughter and her friends are ALL on facechips. It’s a great way to keep them off of the myspace and the facebook unitl they are of age. All the moms in my book club are giving the kids the facechips as stocking stuffers.

  3. MommaMe Says:

    We live in New Jersey and it seems like FaceChips are now at all the birthday parties — my twins have come back from three different parties each time with another pack of chips. They are actually pretty cute. My husband checked out the site and we think it’s safer than Club Penguin — because on club Penguin it encourages kids ot talk to strangers and on facechips they can can only talk to kids they exchange the little chips with — SMART!

    • Norlin Says:

      Sounds great! I have not heard of club Penguin before. Thanks for letting me know. I best check it out. I think it’s about time I sign up my 7 year-old daughter on FaceChipz. Thanks MommaMe. Cheers!

  4. Aicha Says:

    Norlin — my daughter got a facechip from her cousin in Florida in the mail two weeks ago. The two rarely communicated (we live in Chicago) but now they are online it seems every night on this chipchat thing the site has. We since bought a couple of packs at the toys are us and now my daughter has a dozen friends. We never tried Penguin because they want to charge your card every month and my husband didn’t like the idea of that. This he was ok with — because it is only a dollar to join — he’s not a cheapskate — its just that we heard from a lot of other parents that kids sign up for these sites — then they lose interest but the parents card keeps getting charged because the kid forgets to tell them… at least on this new site that won’t happen — so we’re letting her try it out and see what happens from here — so far so good.

    • Norlin Says:

      Thanks Aicha, for reading my post and for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

      I agree with your husband alright. Given a choice, I wouldn’t want to spend so much to have access to social media either. 1 USD is equivalent to almost 4 Malaysian Ringgit.

      I’ve started my daughter on FaceChipz but I think she’s the only one from Malaysia who’s on it right now. So the challenge for us now is to get friends and relatives to join the social network.

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