It may not be completely appropriate for you young children to have Facebook or SnapChat, but there鈥檚 a new social media app in time and it鈥檚 just for your kiddos. Kuddle is a free app that lets little ones share photos in a safe environment and connect with their friends online.

The platform is similar in design to Instagram, where you have an image gallery and a scrolling newsfeed of all your friends鈥 recent snaps. All you do is take a cool photo, then choose to draw on 鈥榚m and/or add a caption, then upload it to your profile by answering a question about cyber bullying. Unlike Instagram, though, there is no such thing as 鈥渇ollowers.鈥 Instead, users can request to be friends with each other, creating an environment without status or exclusivity. Also, kiddos will not be able to delete friends that they鈥檝e already accepted.

One of Kuddle鈥檚 main goals is to teach children proper online behavior. Features that prevent cyber bullying are prohibiting image comments, tagging users and making all photo 鈥渓ikes鈥 anonymous. The folks over at Kuddle moderate the content, making sure everything is age-approps, but they also give parents access to regulate their child鈥檚 profile. Another feature that helps to teach responsibility is that all profiles are associated with the child鈥檚 full name 鈥 no hiding behind usernames (like iLuvDogz899 or KoolKid9). To protect your kid鈥檚 location, Kuddle doesn鈥檛 allow geotags and, everyone has a private profile that only accepted friends will have access to.

This isn鈥檛 the first time we鈥檝e come across a company trying to integrate youngsters with technology. Just this year, Google announced that they are creating a YouTube for kids and plan to offer Google accounts to children under 13. While we think Kuddle is a great alternative to the social media apps we use as adults, we can鈥檛 help but wonder why it鈥檚 necessary. Do children really need to be involved in social media at such a young age? When we were kids, we didn鈥檛 have cell phones or Skype chats with our friends 鈥 we had play dates and built stick forts. When our parents were little, they didn鈥檛 even have television to stimulate them 鈥 they went outside and played with the neighbors. We hope that all of these advances in technology (and in this case, social media) don鈥檛 prevent kids from being kids.

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