Hospitalized children in Canada who can’t go home for the holidays have a new online way of keeping in touch with their friends and family.
“Upopolis” is a closed and secure social networking site designed for children in hospital that offers personal profiles, personal blogs, instant chats and child-friendly games.
The site lets patients talk online to friends and family so they don’t have to fear being an outsider with friends back home, beyond the sometimes lonely walls of the hospital. The site also links young patients with those in other hospitals across the country.
Toni Crowell of the Hospital for Sick Children said, “We know it takes more than medicine and treatments to help kids to get better. This gives us a great therapeutic tool to reach a population of our kids.”
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