Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Parent to Parent: Imbee.com
These days, kids don't just make friends at school or with kids in their neighborhood, they like to socialize on-line too, but if you think your child is a little too young for MySpace or Facebook, there is another networking site just for kids. Check it out as we talk Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Jeanette Symons: "They can upload their own pictures. They can put different characters on the cards. They can create different backgrounds."
It may look a lot like the big name sites, but this one is different. Imbee.com is just for kids.
Jeanette Symons: "Imbee means absolutely nothing. We made up a whole bunch of fun sounding words, put them in front of a bunch of kids and, said, 'Which site do you want to go to?' and they all wanted to go to Imbee."
The creator of Imbee is a mom who didn't want her kids' personal information going public on MySpace, so she decided to design her own kid-friendly safe site.
Jeanette Symons: "I created a teeny, tiny social network for my kids and the neighbor kids where they could put up pages. They could put up their thoughts, but it wasn't public on the Internet."
Parents get regular e-mails, letting them know what their children are doing on the site.
Jeanette Symons: "Every kid has an authorizing adult associated with their account. No kid can publish anything at all, unless an adult has said, 'I'm willing to watch over this kid.'"
Young members are only allowed to share information with people they know in real life, so it's a parent's job to keep track of who their kids make friends with. Imbee's creator says parents play an active role in their kids' web life. It helps keeps everyone safe and happy.
Jeanette Symons: "Let them explore in an environment that's safe, in an environment that you can watch, so that you can learn, and you can educate your kid at the same time."
Lynn Martinez: "On Imbee.com kids can create a blog, upload pictures, make trading cards and create and join groups."