Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids (8-11) to participate on social online networks (age appropriate ones, not Facebook)?
Just to be clear, I mean participation with the assumption of 100% parental control and supervision, and in moderation in terms of time consumptionm, not affecting other parts of life.
What interests me is the effect of the actual social networking aspect of social networks, positive or negative.
What I'm NOT asking about:
I'm well aware of and not interested in things like danger of child predators or accidental exposure to age-inappropriate material which parental supervision can eliminate or mitigate sufficiently.
I'm not asking about effects of a child choosing to socialize online at the expense of other activities including in person socialization.