Tiny Planets is a new online destination for children built around the space exploration theme of the eponymous animated TV series.
The Web site, aimed at children ages 6 to 12, features games, videos, social networking, a virtual world, and the ability to purchase virtual goods with real money or points earned from participation.
To prevent cyberbullying and other dangers, kids must select from prewritten phrases to interact. The site doesn't allow free-form text entry. To avoid potentially inappropriate screen names, children select theirs from options provided at sign-up. The site does not collect any personal information from children, according to Monica Laurence, CEO of Tiny Planets.
To find out more about the service, I spoke with Laurence.
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