Social networks intended for children are multiplying. This fall, three fathers from the Quebec City region launched Wilby's Universe. Recently the French site leminireseau.fr, which already offered a social network bringing together parents and teachers, added the application to its site Splash, a social network for people under 13.
The creators argue that such a tool offers parents the possibility of accompanying their children in their first steps on Web 2.0. “Splash allows children to chat with their friends in a protected and secure space. The child can only connect with the children of his class, his school or the children of parents with whom his own parents are connected ”, one specifies.
Young people can only communicate with contacts accepted by their parents. They have access to all the messages exchanged by the children. The creators of the site argue that it helps educate young people to properly use social networks which they will not be able to keep them away for long anyway. They also see it as an educational component, since children write there for pleasure.
For the moment, leminireseau.fr and Splash are only offered to French children. More than 66,000 schools in France are listed there.
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