GiantHello – the Social Gaming Site for Kids
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GiantHello is a social gaming network where children under the age of thirteen will be able to network in a gaming context that is safe and secure. This sort of interaction should not be kept from children as they can benefit from such as system. If you are a parent looking for a safe way to introduce your kid to social networking, GiantHello is the answer for you.
Signing up for GiantHello
Signing up for GiantHello is quick and easy and you will find that even children can do it! It is also important to remember that signing up with GiantHello is free. To sign up for GiantHello, follow these basic steps:
- The first step is to open the GiantHello website in your web browser. You will have to have an internet connection if you want to do this. The GiantHello website is www.gianthello.com. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
- On the homepage you will see a box in the bottom right corner that says ‘Sign up now’. You will have to fill in the information requested in this box to continue with the signing up process.
- Choose a username. Make sure that your username is something that reflects who you really are. Take your time thinking up a good one. Please note that this username CAN NEVER BE CHANGED! This means that you need to make sure that your username is one that you will be happy to keep for a very long time. In the future it may become possible to change your username. If this happens you will be sent a notification informing you of the change. Note that the username is not case sensitive; this means that it doesn’t matter if you use CAPITAL or lower case letters.
- The next thing to do is to choose a password. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully. Once you have chosen your password you will have to retype it to confirm your password choice. Remember that the password IS case sensitive. This means that you must use CAPITAL LETTERS and lower case letters consistently when you type your password.
- You should then enter your birthday. This is so that people will know how old you are and so that they will know when your birthday is.
- Say whether you are a boy or a girl.
- Once you have done all of these things, you are ready to click the ‘Sign up’ button. This will create your account and you will be ready to start using GiantHello to the fullest.
Things to do on GiantHello
There are a lot of things that you can do once you have signed up for GiantHello. Some of these things are:
- Comment on pictures posted by connected friends
- Create status updates that can only be read by connected friends
- Send invites to connect with friends they really know
- Create a customizable profile page that only connected friends can view
- Send internal messages to connected friends
- Upload pictures
- Play online games
- View kid-friendly advertisements based on user activity that have been pre-screened for appropriateness
- “Fan” pages of pop celebrities and favorite products
So, as you can see, it is very similar to Facebook, except that it’s exclusively for kids!
For parents: GiantHello safety
If you are concerned about allowing your child to have access to a networking site, you may be interested in knowing how exactly GiantHello strives to keep things safe and secure for your children.
Firstly, before your child can even start using GiantHello, your consent as a parent must be verified. No child will be able to sign up for an account with this consent from a parent or guardian.
Unlike with Facebook and other social networking sites, the photos and posts that your children upload to the GiantHello site will not be accessible to the wider public. This means that they will not appear in a search engine search, and your child’s privacy will be maintained. This protects them from people who trawl the internet looking for vulnerable young children.
The GiantHello system filters inappropriate language and does not allow posts with such content to be uploaded. This will protect your child form the bad influences of other children who use such language regularly.
Your child will only be able to network within very strict parameters. Unlike Facebook your child will only be able to send and receive messages to and from people that they have personally invited and no one else. If they click on a friend’s profile they will be able to see a limited list of that friend’s friends. They will only be able to see the friends that they have in common. This means that your child will only be communicating with people they already know, which will make it less likely that they will meet a dangerous character online.
As the parent you will have control over your child’s account. The power lies in your hands to either suspend or delete their account. This may even be useful as a punishment or warning method in the household in general. More specifically, if you realise that your child d using the site inappropriately you will be able to stop them from using it altogether. Because of the ages of the children using this site (they are all younger than thirteen) parents have a lot of control over what can go on and what can’t.
You will also be glad to hear that the Children’s Advertising Review Unit is happy with GiantHello. They have declared that GiantHello is in keeping with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), which means that you can rest assured that everything will be fine when you allow your child to sue GiantHello.