Social Networking Site Announces Stringent Measures to Protect Teens

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Mooble.com, a social networking site, is announcing measures to prevent kids from accessing adult material, and to help protect them from would-be predators.

Mooble.com, a social networking site, is announcing measures to prevent kids from accessing adult material, and to help protect them from would-be predators. In today’s world of social networking, it is possible for teens to come up against inappropriate material, and even become the targets of sexual predators.

Social networking is an activity that involves putting a profile online, and then inviting friends to do the same. Those friends invite their friends, and soon the user has ‘connections’ to hundreds, or even thousands, of people previously unknown. Social networking is also a popular forum for sharing pictures, music, and video, as well as for forming ‘groups’ with similar interests and sending social invitations. Mooble offers all of these features, in addition to offering real security for kids and privacy for all users.

Some networking sites try to monitor content and then exclude adult material. This method does not always work, however. Rather than trying to ban all adult content from its site, Mooble encourages the appropriate use of adult material.

“We make adult content allowable,” explains Robyn Tippins, marketing director for the popular social site, “to encourage its ‘approved’ use and discourage ‘unapproved’ use.”

In order to ensure that the “approved” use rules are followed, a Mooble member must pay a small annual fee in order to access any adult content that is posted. But Mooble goes beyond just asking for an age. Anyone can lie about an age to get onto a Web site. Mooble requires that all fees are paid with a credit card that is in the member’s name. Because most people under the age of 18 do not have credit cards, this makes it difficult for them to access the material. They could not set up a profile in their name and then pay for it with someone else’s credit card. Most teens prefer to use their own names, as using someone else’s defeats the purpose of social networking.

While other sites throw their virtual hands up and insist that they require people to be a certain age in order to sign up, Mooble is actively working to ensure that as few teens and pre-teens as possible have access to harmful materials and people on the Internet. Rather than trying exclusion, Mooble promotes responsible use of social networking sites and offers practical options for all of users, adults and kids alike.

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