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New social networking Web site for kids

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(WFLX) - Afraid to let your young children take part in a social networking Web site like Myspace? If so, here's a solution.

It's called "iLand5". It's a so-called safe space in cyberspace for kids, and it was created by a company based in Florida.

It's designed to give kids an alternative to social networking sites, like Facebook and Myspace, by providing added protections that are just for kids.

The Web site is actually being tried out in schools in Florida. The software was designed by a company near Tampa where the creator wanted to give kids an outlet. A place for them to talk to their friends and play games without having to worry about things like cyber bullying or being contacted by sexual predators, so they created this site.

To make sure it's kid-friendly, kids must have a signed contract by a parent before they can access it, and there are different sites for different aged children all being monitored by adults.

"Our mission is to provide an Internet safe place, an Internet safe haven for children, that will give them the features and elements of a MySpace and Facebook that they're gonna want to come to."

Steve Schechner, Safe Wave, explained, "They meet people they thought were a 12-year-old friend, and it wound up being a 35-year-old man or woman, so unfortunately students don't think that way. So we have to think that way for them."

And, in thinking that way, the creator says they have a way to monitor the kids' chatting, and can intercept any sort of dangerous or bullying message.

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