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.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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