Okay, my DD is 4, so I'm completely out of the loop....
Here's the backstory:
My niece Haley is a very young 13 years old. Recently, she's been having some trouble because her sister (15 months older, but more mature) has hit high school, got a boyfriend and grown up a lot (a whole other topic
and Haley's been left behind. To be blunt, she's socially awkward and has very few friends. She basically begs for attention, which makes things worse. So, the other day I was looking at her Facebook page and she'd posted a bunch of sullen, gray-skied, intense-looking self portraits. I was clicking through the album and started noticing that the same 3 girls had commented on every picture with really snarky, insulting comments. Worse, Haley responded with "yeah...I know...but....", she was taking it!!!
: I usually hang back with my opinions because her mother and I have VERY different approaches to parenting (and everything else), but this time I emailed her and said "Look, these girls are not your friends. You don't need to take this. etc". I also emailed her mom, just letting her know. SIL actually emailed me back thanking me and asking that I talk to Haley a bit more because she really values my opinion. Best of all, Haley deleted those girls from her friend list.
So, the point of this.....
They live in a very small town and the school is pretty small. I remember being there and not realizing that there was a WHOLE WIDE WORLD out there. I took a lot of crap from people who seemed SO COOL at the time.
I'd really like to expand Haley's horizons. She's very thoughtful and artistic and loves writing songs and poetry (you know, all the stuff that we know is cool, but makes for a weird kid
). She's REALLY into those Twilight books that everyone is reading now. I was thinking that it would be great if I could find some sort of message board of kids who share similar interests. I know that internet security and personal safety are issues for a 13 year old, but I'd love to find a place where she could virtually meet some new friends. You know, find her Bee People (to throw in a Blind Melon reference
). I'm not looking for social networking for her to stay in touch with people she already knows. I want her to be able to meet new people.
(It should be said, I have her mom's full support. She asked me for suggestions because she had no idea....)