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My Son and Yoursphere
The most important things in my life are my children. Their safety is also a concern of mine. Especially online.
I get that things are just different today from when I was a kid. All three of my children are incredibly tech savvy.
My son (the oldest) was five years old when his grandfather bought him his first computer.
My youngest can work the iPad like no one's business. She watches Netflix, plays with various (parent approved) apps and even reads some books. None of this is with my help.
With all of the technical devices that we own, comes a responsibility as a parent. I do what I can to protect them in every aspect of their lives so their online world shouldn't be any different.
When my son asked to join Facebook this year at the tender age of 8, I immediately said, “Absolutely not!” I wouldn't even consider it.
What I did consider is giving him an online place where he can go to connect with other children. That place is Yoursphere.
Yoursphere.com is a kids-only social network offering its members a vibrant and uniquely engaging experience. Yoursphere offers its members all the best of the Internet – their own blog, hundreds of games, a virtual world, the fostering of shared interests through “spheres”, social interaction, contests, rewards and a scholarship program.
My son likes Yoursphere. He has joined a few Spheres and uploaded a couple of photos. He is even excited by having some new friends. He loves exploring and just clicking around.
When I asked him what his favorite part was so far, he said, “I like all of the pictures people have. It was cool to see where my friends went this summer from their pictures.”
He asked me to help him upload several pictures so he could share some information about some trips we have taken. Yoursphere is his favorite place to go when he wakes up each morning. He checks the weather for the day and heads over to Yoursphere.
Consider signing up for Yoursphere. Yoursphere.com is free and that kids can sign up only with parental verification by email. When you sign your kids up using my promo code YS11-HY3S, they'll get 75 credits to spend in the Yoursphere Gift Gallery!
Follow Yoursphere founder @MaryKayHoal on Twitter
Check out Mary Kay's blog where she helps parents teach their children about online safety.
Disclosure: I am a Yoursphere Summer Fun Mom and was compensated for my participation.