Readers of this blog know that I am a mom of 3. Twitter followers will know that I am online constantly. As an online mom of an online tween and teen, and a sometimes online kid, online safety is a constant topic of conversation at our dinner table.
My teen is extremely web-savvy. She was a tiny 18-month-old when she played on the computer for the first time. I worked from home back when being a “WAHM” was unusual. I spent many afternoons with her sitting on my lap playing JumpStart Toddlers. I can tell you that after I had worked solidly on the computer for 3-hour nap, the last task I wanted to do was “play on the computer” with my child, but it kept her quiet!
In early 2009, I clicked on a ad calling for Mom Advocates for Yoursphere. I was intrigued. At the time I had one child who was almost of a teen. She was clamoring for a Facebook account. She was only 12. Facebook terms of service ask that users not sign up for Facebook accounts if under 13.
By the time my daughter asked me for a Facebook account, I had already been friended by a couple of her friends. I ignored the friend requests except for one. I friended someone who I thought was the mom…it was my daughter’s friend. After reading one too many profanity laden updates, I unfriended her. My mind was made up. No Facebook account for my almost teen. She was upset with me. She understood my reasons, but that didn’t stop her from complaining that all her friends had accounts.
Yoursphere.com was perfect for her. She was able to create an account for herself on Yoursphere with minimal help from me. It is her account. I let her manage her own account. She met some kids on Yoursphere who she enjoyed hanging with online. She wrote some stories for Yoursphere. She played games.
She was happy and so was I.
I am thrilled to report that I am a Yoursphere Test Drive Mom! I am looking forward to sharing Yoursphere with my readers through the experiences of both my children: my teen and now my tween.
Yoursphere is now FREE!!! Yes, that’s right, your child/tween can now sign up for free. I don’t know about you by I love free!! When you sign up, use code: YSMC-0051. I’m trying to win an AMEX gift card, so the more moms/dads and their kids who sign up the better!
I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on Yoursphere.com, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.