Parents' Guide to


By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Kid-only social network promises to block dangerous adults.

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What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Not as safe as they say

After looking at social networking apps for my child to interact outside of school with friends and an alternative to Instagram, I was guided to your sphere which states it has strict rules and that parents control the account.. I am still waiting for confirmation that my child has joined - not very strict is it? Also children have an option to keep pictures private , yet Instagram pictures are private on a private account, why are children given these options ? It has posts like Pinterest where children can comment on others post !! It's not safe! It's a gimmick for users
age 13+

Kids Under 13 Not Allowed

I was excited to read about Yoursphere, thinking it was an app that my kids would be able to use safely, but when I tried to sign up my 12 year old daughter, I still received a message that the "terms of service prohibit (my daughter) from joining." There was a link that said "Get your kid id here!" However, the link just takes me to PRIVO, a company that offers services to make youth registration and parental consent easy for app developers.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (20 ):

YOURSPHERE is the creation of Mary Kay Hoal, a Davis, CA, mother of five determined to provide her children a safe online alternative to MySpace. Only children between the ages of up to age 18 may use Yoursphere, which touts itself as the first youth-oriented social network to guarantee no sexual predators. Joining requires that a parent register first and undergo identification verification. On this site, kids can set up a page, friend other members, and join "spheres" -- activity channels such as TV & Movies, Music, and Gaming.

The site boasts a young, appealing design, from the flash-graphics-heavy home page to the profile pages, which feature a Facebook-like news feed of friends' activities. Revolving safety tips keep kids constantly on the alert to online dangers, while the options of email, posting photos, and creating additional channels nicely mimic adult social networks.

Online interaction: Kids can start a blog, connect with friends, play multiplayer games, ask or answer questions on a variety of topics to share with the community, participate in chat rooms and message boards, and more. The site promotes positive interactions and may remove users who violate the rules. However, the games and videos are a mixed bag; one basic Bratz memory game lets players dress a suggestive doll, while the Kabillion Daily Videos don't contain any content.

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