For the past few months, Ashley and I have spent lots of time getting to know Yoursphere. We have had a ball checking out the site, and I wanted to share some of the things we love about the site, and some changes we hope Yoursphere will consider making.
Here are some things I love:
1. Yoursphere’s commitment to child safety. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to have a service that is so dedicated to keeping my kids safe online.
2. The parent dashboard – I *love* being able to keep track of what Ashley is doing online, who she’s talking to, and what she’s saying. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the internet and make sure they understand that once something gets put on the www, it’s out there for the entire world to change.
3. Mary Kay’s Blog. Talk about need to know info! Even if you don’t have kids on the web anymore, this blog gives excellent safety tips, information, and more for keeping yourself, your family, and your information secure. Thank you, Mary Kay, for putting so much time and effort into this! (Make sure you read my follow Friday post for today!)
4. The games. Seriously, they are addicting. There have been quite a few times over the last few weeks that I’ve logged into the site just to play a few games and give my mind a rest from reality. 🙂
5. I stated it in #1, but I have to say it again: I don’t have to worry who my daughter is talking to when she’s on yoursphere. I can trust that she is safe to play, have fun, and make friends. All of which she’s done over the past 2 months. (If you haven’t read my post on the Importance of Online Internet Safety for Children, please do so.)
What I wish I could change:
1. Change up the homepage. Or make the video that plays optional. I’ve bookmarked the sign-in page just so I can avoid the homepage altogether.
2. That’s it. I really can’t think of anything else that I would change personally.
Things Ashley loves:
1. The friends that she’s made. She’s found lots of kids that she has things in common with, and she’s had fun chatting with them, playing games, and more.
2. The contests. She’s had so much fun entering them. One of these days, she’s gonna win! 🙂
3. The games. (Wonder where she gets it from!) She loves getting on and earning more “flow.”
4. That I actually let her get online and play. Usually, her web surfing time is limited to dictionary.com or something else that has to do with school work. This breaks up the monotony for her a bit, and she loves it.
5. Everything. She thinks it’s just a great site all the way around, and she’s so glad we were introduced to it!
Things Ashley would like to change:
1. The homepage. She doesn’t like that video, especially since she’s not allowed to listen to that kind of music.
2. She wants clearer, better instructions on how to level up. She’s tried for weeks, and we can’t get past level one. Neither one of us has any idea what we’re doing wrong, and we can’t find any clear instructions on what we need to do to level up. Apparently, everyone else can figure it out, though, because we’ve seen kids on there that are on Level 25! Help!
There really isn’t much we want to change, because the site really is great the way it is. We both love stopping by, and Ash loves getting some time to herself to just chill out on the computer. It’s perfect for both of us!
I’d really like to thank Mom Central for introducing us to Yoursphere, and thank Yoursphere for being so committed to keeping my kids safe while they’re online. It won’t be long before Zander is signing up for his own Yoursphere account. This blog tour has been absolutely amazing, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to take part in it!
Head on over to Yoursphere and sign your kids up today. Don’t wait another minute! When you sign up, be sure to use the referral code YSMC-0031 to let them know you found Yoursphere through 5 Vinez Monkeys. You won’t regret it!
Disclaimer: 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.