Behar表示，“有些孩子的家里挂着土耳其共和党创始人穆斯塔法·凯末尔·阿塔土克（Mustafa Kemal Atatürk）的海报，而有些孩子则喜欢张贴流行歌手的照片，孩子们喜欢下载图片，并将它设置为自己的电脑桌面。”
Children love social networking, says manager of Turkish site
Many of Turkey’s 2 million pre-teen Internet users frequently use social networking and video-sharing websites during the daily three to four hours they spend online, according to the general manager of a website serving children.
“Children aged 7-14 years old spend three-four hours a day on the Internet watching videos, sharing content, checking e-mails and doing research for their homework,” Haymi Behar, general manager of Tipeez.com, told a marketing conference late last week.
Some 31 percent of children go online everyday and 11 percent of children using the Internet are under the age 7, Behar said.
“The words children search most on the Internet are famous people’s names,” said Behar. “They love sharing information on the Internet. While 40 percent of kids have their own computer, 39 percent use the family computer.”
The rate of using social networking websites in Turkey is 65 percent, 18 percent higher than the average in Europe, said Behar. “Turks are Mediterranean people, and Mediterranean people love sharing their feelings.”
Facebook, the most popular social networking site, does not allow children under 13 to be members, but many children lie about their age and are active members of the website, according to Behar.
“Keeping children safe on the Internet is very important and the most important job on this issue belongs to the parents,” he said.
Tipeez.com is an international website geared toward children that also offers services in English and Russian under the names Tweegee.com and Tvidi.ru, respectively. “We will soon launch other websites in German, French and Italian,” Behar told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.
The website has 640,000 members that all have a “house” that comes with a private chat room on the website.
“Some of the children’s homes have posters of [Turkish republican founder] Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, while some use pictures of popular singers,” said Behar. “The children download the images and use it as wallpaper on their computers.”
The website also offers around 1,000 games that are very popular among children.
According to a recent survey on the website answered by 12,000 children, 32 percent of children received their first mobile phone before the age of 13 while 50 percent want to own an iPhone.
Behar said the website had a good security system that did not permit the use of bad language or obscenities.
“When the children use a swear word, the system automatically logs them off,” Behar said, adding that the moderation of the comments and chat rooms was conducted by a team of 10 people.
“We are very sensitive about the website’s security and also the psychological development of children,” Behar said, adding that representatives of the website were regular attendees of “Internet access for children” seminars held by the Education Ministry.
The website also recently made an agreement with international funds to invest in security, Behar said.（source：hurriyetdailynews）