Yoursphere

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Solid, safety-minded social network for tweens and teens.

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age 10+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn safe, relevant social networking in a more protected environment with Yoursphere. They can learn about kid-friendly topics in "spheres," topic-specific peer groups they choose to join and to which they can contribute information. Kids can practice decision-making, friendship building, and multiple forms of expression through posting photos and writing content. By following the rules of the community, kids can learn positive social networking and respectful communication, skills that can transfer to other online communication as they get older.

Ease of Play

Once kids create an account, it's very easy to navigate the app and post content (although there's no ability to edit photos on the app, other than with a handful of filters). Kids can easily report posts that don't follow site rules. Identifying users with similar interests is easy within topic-based "spheres." Linking the parent dashboard to the kid's Yoursphere account requires navigating from the app to the website. That process was glitchy during this review. 

Violence
Sex

The site's terms of use ban sexual and vulgar content.

Language

No objectionable language was observed during this review.

Consumerism

Certain site activities earn credits that kids can use to purchase things or donate to sponsored organizations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yoursphere is a just-for-kids social-media app. The app and the website version of Yoursphere are similar to other social-networking sites, such as Facebook, but they're only for kids 17 and under. Content is centered on "spheres" that include relevant, kid-popular topics such as pets, sports, and fashion. Yoursphere includes extra safeguards for kids younger than 13. For users 12 and younger, parents must verify knowledge of the account and go through a background check before the kid is allowed to create a username. Some features on Yoursphere's website were not available on the app at the time of this review. 

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What's it about?

For kids under the age of 13, parents must first enter all information necessary for a background check. Kids age 13 to 17 can register for an account on YOURSPHERE with their own date of birth, gender, and email. Then they can begin to post photos and status updates, tap on "spheres" to join groups and view the Yoursphere members in those groups, comment on posts, and like posts. Kids also can send and receive friend requests and chat.

There's lots for kids to do on this app, although not as much as on the full Yoursphere website.

Is it any good?

​The Yoursphere app may not be as complete as the website, but it can be a good mobile alternative for Yoursphere enthusiasts on the go. The "spheres" based on topics may be an especially good way for kids to learn positive social networking with other kids who're interested in similar topics, such as pets, fashion, or sports. The app works and looks a lot like the Facebook app, but it has kids-only content and images. The clunky parent-verification process requires that parents of Yoursphere users under age 13 enter significantly personal information for a background check (and jump back and forth from the app to the website to link to their kid's account), which may be off-putting to some parents not willing to give that information or jump through so many hoops for one registration process. Reading comments and commenting on posts may prove difficult on the app version (they're a bit squished at the bottom of the screen) for kids used to the website version. Still, this app is a well-organized, limited version of the Yoursphere website.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read Common Sense Media's social-networking tips.

  • Even though this is a for-kids-only app with lots of safety features, remind your kid that nothing online is 100 percent protected, so the same rules against sharing personal information apply on Yoursphere.

  • Talk about the different "spheres" your kid can join on Yoursphere. In fun categories including academics and travel to gaming and music, your kid can browse and post relevant information.

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