Everloop: the social network for children

A new start-up social network Everloop is targeting the one demographic that Facebook cannot, 8-13 year olds. Facebook’s minimum age to make an account is 13, so this group of young social technology butterflies has been left out until now.  In addition to the age requirement, many parents ban their children from making Facebook accounts due to fear of online predators and exposure to content that is not age appropriate. Everloop looks to ease parents’ fears while also satisfying children’s social networking desires. The young website prides itself on being their “own loop, with no mean people, no party crashers, and no grown-ups allowed.”

Despite the “no grown-ups allowed clause.” registration does require a parent’s approval and this approval process continues as parents are notified of new friend requests to make sure their child is engaging in safe use practices. In addition to connecting with friends, the site offers messaging, photos and games, much in the same way that Facebook does. Everloop is in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and also has teamed up with i-Safe, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating students how to safely and effectively use communication technologies, in this case to collaborate and connect with friends.

The big question remains, will children want to join Everloop? As children, there is a very fine line between a cool sense of independence and parental over-protection. Has Everloop drawn the right line?

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