Video: Togetherville Tries to Make a Safe Social Network for Kids

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Togetherville, a new social network created for parents and kids, launched its public beta this evening. A tough challenge lays ahead for the startup as it tries to balance creating a safe environment for kids, building trust for parents, and — oh yeah — making it fun so that people will actually want to use it.

Mandeep S. Dhillon, Togetherville CEO, gave us a video demo of how his service works and talked about:

  • How the company will use virtual currency to monetize
  • Leveraging parents’ existing Facebook social graph
  • The precautions the company is taking to be COPPA-compliant
  • Using real-world — not anonymous — identities for children

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Togetherville has been in the works for three years and received an undisclosed amount of funding from Floodgate.

For more on the social network landscape, read Liz’s in-depth piece There’s No Stopping Facebook over at our subscription research service, GigaOM Pro.

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Steve

Ridiculous! How about the kids go interact by going outside to play. Are there really learning social “skills” with a Facebook precursor? What’s next social networking for fetuses? Sperm?

This is nothing but a money grab at parents. How can you say no to your poor child who wants a donkey for his Togetherville farm?

Luda Kirk

Great idea! I only wish it was around when my kids were young. Looks like a lot of wholesome fun.

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