With MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and a hundred other social networking sites helping teens and adults from across the world stay connected, you might think kids are being left out of the loop. But that's just not true. A number of social Web sites have popped up over the last several years that cater to the younger set, though the sites offer an experience far different from their grown-up counterparts. Instead of profiles and status updates, these sites provide entire virtual worlds to explore and let kids chat and interact with newfound friends from all over. In fact, the sites work more like a children's version of Second Life rather than an aged-down version of Facebook or MySpace.
Fantastic Age, or "Fantage" for short, is one of the newer social networking sites for kids, though it has already been gaining a tremendous following. Every month, more than half a million kids visit the site to play games, go on adventures and meet other "Fantagians" [source: quantcast]. While nearly 90 percent of the site's members are in the United States, anyone with a computer, a Web browser and an Internet connection can sign up and start exploring. The world seems to be a little more popular among girls than among boys, though it's designed to appeal to everyone. To keep members coming back, the developers at Fantage frequently add new environments and activities. Fantage even has a blog where the site keeps Fantagians up on the newest developments. While they may cater to kids, sites like Fantage clearly aren't child's play. In fact, a competitor of Fantage, Club Penguin, was recently purchased by Disney in a deal worth approximately $700 million dollars.
Keep reading to learn how to become a Fantagian.