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“While Facebook continues to mull over the idea of opening its social network to kids under 13, developers have been persistent in giving the demo its own unique virtual play spaces. Menlo Park, California-based startup Kazaana (formerly PixyKids) has recently joined that group. But where popular social sites like Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin or Everloop either focus on interactive gaming or social networking, Kazaana plans to bring the two features together.”
- Read more in the latest issue of Kidscreen Magazine
Today we are excitied to annouce that Kazaana is featured in a great piece by Cecilia Kang from the Washington Post about the unique challenges that having a younger user base presents to social platforms. Safety has always been our first priority at Kazaana- after all, families can’t feel comfortable sharing together online unless they know that the site is a safe space. But secondly, we want to create an experience for kids that is fun, interactive, and always genuine.
“These are users who aren’t locked into anything right now that is safe,” said Pete Thomas, a partner at Silicon Valley-based ATA Ventures, which funded Kazaana.
When I was seven years old, I had one of the most mortifying experiences of my young life. No matter how many years go by, this event is scorched into my memory- even now as I write this, my cheeks are starting to burn with embarrassment by just remembering it.
On this day, I got all dressed up and went with my dad to a play at the local children’s theatre. My mom stayed home with my sister who was just a baby at the time, so it was just me and my dad- a lovely father daughter outing. At intermission we went out in the courtyard to enjoy a brownie and some lemonade from the snack stand then I decided to join a bunch of other kids in walking around the edge of the courtyard fountain. Big mistake. Trying to show off, I climbed to the top ring of the fountain to walk along its slippery, brick edge. Then I fell in. Sputtering and drenched, I was hauled from the fountain by various grownups while other kids (many that I knew from school) looked on and laughed their behinds off. Continue reading
Name-calling. Hurt Feelings. These are some of the heartaches of childhood that we all experienced at some point. These days, with more kids online, these kinds of behaviors aren’t relegated to the schoolyard anymore. Heck, even some adults haven’t figured out how to be polite online yet! Here at PixyKids, we realize how important it is for you to have the tools to help your kids navigate this online world with the best etiquette — or netiquette — possible.
The Basics of Netiquette
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As digital natives grow up using social media more and more for everything from making friends to sending out birthday party invitations, children may think the online environment should be the only environment in which they interact with peers. They grow up wondering why they can’t just say a quick ‘thanks’ online, rather than hand-writing a thank you note to their grandparents. Though communication has indeed morphed due to the information age, simple etiquette deems a phone call or a pen and paper more appropriate for certain occasions. Your child may need help recognizing these times, so that they learn how to navigate the line between tech and tradition from you. Continue reading