Yoursphere Homework Assignment #1 – The Sign Up Process

For our first homework assignment from Mom Central and Yoursphere, Ashley and I had to create and set-up our user accounts and profiles.

I had Ashley set up her account first, and told her we’d worry about editing her profile later. After she set up her account, I got an email stating that Ashley had signed up for an account, and I needed to sign in and verify her.

I clicked on the link to sign her in, and filled in my information. When I clicked on the link to activate Ashley’s account, it wouldn’t let me. Kept telling me that I needed to activate her.

Boggled, I closed out of the site and didn’t give it another thought. Until my phone rang. It was a team member from Yoursphere calling to help me get Ashley’s account activated. We went through the process together and discovered that it wouldn’t activate it because I had put “Angie” in the name field instead of Angela. {whoops!} But, after that, we had no more problems, and I’m glad Yoursphere went out of their way to help me set up and activate Ashley’s account. How many companies would call just to help you? I certainly can’t think of many. Customer service on most social networking sites is non-existent.

After everything was activated, I had Ashley log back in and set up her profile. We snapped a great little picture of her, “funkified” it a bit, and made sure to add it in. She quickly and easily filled in all of the information, the security questions, and everything else. In no time, she had a complete profile set up and ready to go. I let her play on the site for awhile, and she “friended” some girls who have moms that are also on the Yoursphere Mom Test Drive Team, joined several spheres, and started interracting with the site.

Later that evening, I logged into my parent account on Yoursphere. There, right on the parent dashboard was a list of everything Ashley had done. What she had put in her profile, the picture she had uploaded, even comments that she had written on the spheres she had visited. (I have got to teach this girl the importance of proper grammar!) I do love how user-friendly the parent dashboard is. So easy to navigate and find all the information I need to keep up with Ashley.

I had several parents tell me that it’s not right that I can “snoop” on my kids online. My response to them was, “Are you kidding me?” Honestly. Ashley is 12. What she puts online will be online from now until the end of time. If I’m not monitoring her, and guarding what she says, it could come back to bite her in the rear end someday. Ashley understands that I have access to the website and can see what she posts. It’s a means of protection, not a form of punishment or snooping. If I train her to act a certain way online now, and help her understand that there are certain rules that need to be followed, when she gets older, I won’t have to worry so much about what she’s doing or saying online.

Overall, the sign-up and profile creation is very easy. And if you get confused or have questions, Yoursphere has a phone number posted on their website that you can call for help. The team members are extremely friendly and helpful and will make sure your Yoursphere experience is everything you expect.

When you sign up, be sure to use the referral code YSMC-0031 to let them know you found Yoursphere through 5 Vinez Monkeys.

(And if you haven’t read my post on the Importance of Online Internet Safety for Children, please do so.)

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.

Angie Vinez (2872 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



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