As concerns mount over the potential security risks posed by social-networking web sites such as MySpace and Friendster, a new generation of "safe" social networking sites is emerging. These new sites aim to capitalize on the enormous popularity of online social networking while at the same time providing a secure, educational platform for such activity.

So-called "safe" social networking sites, such as and, hope to limit the dangers that can accompany sites like MySpace, such as talking to internet predators and revealing too many personal details.

Whyville, which claims some 1.7 million users, is an online


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