Mixels claims to be the newest and safest social networking site for children. Unlike other social networking sites that encourage children to post photos of themselves which could attract child predators, Mixels.com never shows a child’s photo on their public profile, providing a much higher level of protection. Instead, the fun-filled site allows children to create their own animated characters, called “Mixels” which become their anonymous identity on the site, limiting the risk of direct contact from strangers.
Created by new parent Giancarlo Tallarico, he explains his motivation to create a site that would become a safe haven for millions of children that gives parents peace of mind: “Mixels.com offers parents and children the best of both worlds. The site offers all the benefits of introducing young children to the fun side of social networking without any of the dangers of child predators or adult content. The designers say, “As a new parent, my wife and I are keenly aware of the desire to protect our son while at the same time we understand the internet is an integral part of our world and it’s not realistic to expect that he won’t be curious and want to go online. With Mixels.com, you will never have to worry about who your child is talking to online.”
Mixels.com puts control firmly in the hands of parents: It alerts them whenever their child receives a new “friend” request and then offers them the option of deleting that friend if they have any concerns about the person. Parents can also edit and delete any information from their children’s profiles.