We've already discussed not telling her age, etc. online. For one thing, she is technically too young for Gaia. I think the age there is 13 and over and as I said, she's 8 1/2. But she really loves it. My older dd has an account and the two of them email each other and trade items. I have an account too so I make money and give it to them.
Honestly, it's the sexually explicit forums that are causing me hesitation. I worry about what someone will say to her, proposition her or otherwise, and the language. This isn't an empty fear. As I said, my husband I met online (on AOL yeeeeaaarrrrs ago! LOL) and I know all about internet chats and deception and the fact that people would say something online they might never say in RL.
As for meeting people, we've done that. That's the way we met the only other unschooler we've heard about in Prague! LOL
So...it's mostly the sexually explicit forums that are pulling at my brain and worrying me a bit. She still goes online and we're all still talking about it.
The funny thing is that Barbiegirl is TOO controlled. There are so many words that you cannot type there in chat...they show up as little icons. For example, one girl was trying to tell DD she was Chinese and it didn't come out. She had to say, "I speak China language." It was weird. And DD was trying to tell her it was due to the filter and the word "filter" was blocked out. LOL
Thanks for the tips on other sites! She's at painting class right now but when she gets back, I'll show her Club Penguin and Webkinz. Another site she loves is Flyff. She and her older sis were going on missions and such and she had a lot of fun with it. It's sort of like a free World of Warcraft.
Anyway, so that's what we've been up to lately. And Harry Potter, of course! DD chose to see the last movie in the cinema with us. For the others, she'd wait until they came out on DVD. But while I was in Paris with my oldest, she told her dad she wanted to see Pirates3 with him. And loved it! (Here there is an intermission for films well over 2 hrs, so that might have helped) She decided she could handle the HP film so we took her. It was a blast! She actually had some weird affinity for Umbridge...I think it was the kitty plates. I told her Umbridge was a bit more eeevvvvviiiillll in the books, though.
I'm reading the Deathly Hallows for the second time now. I read faster than she does so the day I got the book, she would run upstairs after I called her at the end of each chapter. She got a plot synopsis, chapter by chapter, basically Who Died. LOL
She's started summer classes at the pottery studio near us. Before, she was taking a weekly 45 minute pottery class and a weekly 45 min combined paper craft/music class. But during the summer, they have a different schedule. They add longer classes so she is gone from 10 to 3 today. I packed her Powerpuff girls lunchbox and she's off! Last year, she wanted to do these classes and found she could only handle once a week. It's a long time to be away from us and due to her grazing eating habits, it's a long time to be away from eating! LOL They tend to break for lunch around 12 so by the time 3 rolls around, she's starving. Also, we do other stuff during the week so once a week is enough for this long class.
We're happy cuz we've moved closer to the studio. As I said before, we moved around the 1st of June (was it the 2nd...seems soooo long ago already!) and are right beside a huge forest/park area. There's so much to explore there. There is a planetarium, horse-riding facilities, path to the zoo, trails, ponds, playgrounds...And the pottery studio is in this neighborhood so we just walk over now.
Also, we're planning to take a train to Dresden around the 1st of August. DD has saved up her monthly stipends and wants to visit Toys R Us in the hopes of finding some Pokemon items. And we like to pretend the train is the Hogwarts train
Basically, this is all we're doing until October, when my sister and her husband are visiting. I think dd will likely go back to pottery and papercraft classes in the fall and we'll go back to studying Japanese, which we've taken a break on this summer.