Kindergarteners Using Twitter

Much like anything else, you can find a chat focusing on Kindergarten on Twitter – like this one, #Kinderchat. And you can also find Kindergarten teachers on there, no doubt. But what if we told you that there are Kindergarteners on there as well? Yes, actual kindergartners, but not individual five and six-year-olds, mind you, rather the class as a whole.

Twitter offers a great way to teach kids to master concise communication – and it’s a hit with parents and grandparents. And anyone with a kindergartner will tell you that they are notorious for not remembering a thing about what they did in school all day, but not these kids!

Most platforms have strict 13-years-old and over participation rules, but there really isn’t much preventing a determined youngster from just making up a different birth year. One alternative we stumbled upon that looks intriguing is Twiducate. It allows schools to create classroom networks for students.

And outside of school, there’s another Facebook-type platform where no parents are allowed. Sound scary? Well, it’s meant to be the opposite actually, offering “a safer, online, social homebase for kids under 13 . . . where kids can connect with friends, play games, share pictures, send messages, discover new talents, learn and have fun. Everloop’s state-of-the-art privacy protection and monitoring technology guard young users against bullying, bad language and inappropriate sharing of information.”

But even if your youngster isn’t ready (or so you think) for social networking, it’s always good to review this parents’ guide to social networking. Just like the drug and sex talks are eventual, so too is the “Internet talk” and this will help.

How do you feel about young kids participating online? Do you have any tips or experiences to offer – good, bad or otherwise?

(Kindergarteners picture from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.