Kids should use kids’ social media

Picture: Danime, user of goSupermodel

Picture: Danime, user of goSupermodel

Grown-up men contacting kids, young girls posting selfies to dating services, adults blackmailing children who shared their naked pictures. The dangers of the internet rise up in media almost daily.

In Sweden, the newspaper Aftonbladet made a series of stories where journalists pretended to be 12-year-olds in social media services for grown-ups and were approached by a lot of adults.

In Finland, the police worries about young girls who post their pictures to dating sites like Hot or not and Tinder.

Clearly, education and knowledge on online safety are crucial in preventing kids getting hurt. Another important thing is to make sure that children spend time in social media that is meant for them.

Services targeted to kids pay considerable attention to safety issues and are undoubtedly more supervised than any social media for grown-ups.

 

Kids’ social media is supervised

We here at watAgame have been developing the safety mechanics in our products for ten years. Therefore, we can honestly say that we are at the top of our class. Here are some examples of our safety systems on Momio and goSupermodel.

  • We have 12 employees working with safety. In addition to that, we have over 150 voluntary moderators constantly reviewing content.
  • All content is scanned with several automated systems. For instance, we use word filters that catch suspicious words and prevent using certain ones completely.
  • There are rules on our products. For example using bad language, posting sexual and violent content, bullying and hurting someone’s feelings as well as sharing personal information publicly are prohibited. When breaking the rules, users get punishments that explain what they did wrong and why it’s not ok.
  • We provide weekly campaigns where we post educational things related to online safety and behavior, for instance why it’s important to protect personal information and why you should consider twice before posting a selfie.
  • When uploading a picture, a pop-up tells you what kind of pictures shouldn’t be posted.
  • The users can report unwanted content and users.
  • We have support emails where the users’ questions are answered.
  • We encourage the users to agree with their parents on what kind of information is ok to share online.
  • We have a close cooperation with the police.

We strongly believe that kids should spent time on social media that is made for them. Bad things can certainly happen anywhere, but services targeted to kids focus on safety issues more than services for grown-ups.

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About the author:

Pia Edman, watAgame

Pia Edman worked as a Finnish Community Manager at watAgame from 2009 to 2015. She has several years of experience in working with online communities and online safety as well as with digital content creation and digital advertising. Pia has a master’s degree in Finnish language.