Mickey Mouse Acquires Togetherville: Good For Parents?

Togetherville, a social networking website for children under the age of 10, has recently been acquired by Disney. Is this acquisition better for Togetherville or for parents?

Togetherville, a social networking website for children under the age of 10, has recently been acquired by Disney. Is this acquisition better for Togetherville or for parents?

Togetherville, which mimics adult social networking websites like Facebook, helps parents create a safe online environment for their children. Instead of children being able to interact with strangers, Togetherville gives parents the responsibility to “allow” or “deny” individuals into their child’s neighborhood. In addition, grownups have the ability to access their child’s page at anytime to view their child’s activity.

Websites like Togetherville helps keep children safer on the internet, but as with anything, it’s not 100% bullet proof. Even though this acquisition seems like a good thing from a parent’s perspective, due to the fact that Disney creates material for children — it’s not. Togetherville benefits most from this acquisition because of the deception it creates.

By teaming itself up with Disney, Togetherville attracts parents who were trustworthy of the mother company. Obviously this is a good thing for Togetherville, but not necessarily a good thing for parents. Parents need to be aware that Togetherville is still an online social networking community, which still leaves their children vulnerable to the dangers of the internet.

Don’t fall for the deception, keep your guard up.

CJ Arlotta covers the world of social gaming for development firms as well as the average consumer. Currently, he is accumulating more knowledge of the international gaming market to follow and understand what global developers may need to compete with already striving markets.