New social networking site for kids stresses parent involvement - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

New social networking site for kids stresses parent involvement

Jennifer Gage and her son Ethan Jennifer Gage and her son Ethan

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "Togetherville" is a new site giving kids freedom to connect with friends.

"It sounds like a good idea," said 11-year-old Kallen Treadway.

It comes with little freedom-- parents have control over their kids accounts at all times.

"I've wondered when they were going do something for the younger ones," said Jennifer Gage, a parent.

Kids can only join when their parents create a login using their own facebook accounts. Mom and dad can approve or reject their kids' friends at anytime.

"That way parents can actually monitor what they're kids are doing because there's so much out there we don't know what they're getting into," said Gage.

Once logged on kids can give gifts, find friends, and even choose from a pre-selected menu of status updates called "quips"."

"I'd talk to friends during summer because my friends don't have cell phones so it's fun to talk to them," said Treadway.

"It would be cool especially if it's safe so people can't track you," said 11-year-old John Lee.

Parents can even interact with their kids through the site, sending them virtual gifts, and viewing any of their online activity.

"It's a good idea," said Gage. "As long as I can watch it."

Togetherville creators hope it will keep kids under 13 from facebook, steering them into a safe environment that encourages parent involvement. It's something both kids and parents are excited about.

"Everything is going more technology wise so this for the child, that would be good," said parent and grandmother, Jerri Ledford.

"When I get home I promise I'll look it up and I'll be on it," said 11-year-old Stephanie Mcclain.

It's free to join. Just go to www.togetherville.com for more information.

©2010 KTRE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Lufkin PD: Man tried to use counterfeit bill to buy gift card at grocery store

    Lufkin PD: Man tried to use counterfeit bill to buy gift card at grocery store

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:33:10 GMT

    Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly tried to use a counterfeit bill to buy a gift card at the Brookshire Brothers store located at 1800 Frank Avenue.

    More >>

    Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly tried to use a counterfeit bill to buy a gift card at the Brookshire Brothers store located at 1800 Frank Avenue.

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to host BBQ in Lufkin

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to host BBQ in Lufkin

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:59 AM EDT2017-07-20 15:59:58 GMT

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has long had a soft spot for Lufkin, his home town.

    More >>

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has long had a soft spot for Lufkin, his home town.

    More >>
  • SFA Jacks picked 6th in preason football poll

    SFA Jacks picked 6th in preason football poll

    Thursday, July 20 2017 10:09 AM EDT2017-07-20 14:09:40 GMT

    From SFA Athletics HOUSTON (News Release) - Stephen F. Austin football has been picked sixth in the 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll as voted upon by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The conference office unveiled the predicted order of finish Thursday in conjunction with 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at the Hilton Americas hotel in downtown Houston.  The Lumberjacks picked up 114 total points from head coaches and SID...

    More >>

    From SFA Athletics HOUSTON (News Release) - Stephen F. Austin football has been picked sixth in the 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll as voted upon by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The conference office unveiled the predicted order of finish Thursday in conjunction with 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at the Hilton Americas hotel in downtown Houston.  The Lumberjacks picked up 114 total points from head coaches and SID...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly