Yoursphere

Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Kid-only social network promises to block dangerous adults.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to strengthen friendships with real-life friends and potentially meet new people in a safe online environment. They'll learn to share positive, appropriate content while figuring out their likes and dislikes, then finding like-minded kids to share their enthusiasm for pop stars or books. They'll also make choices about what to do with the credits they collect, redeeming them for prizes or donating to charity. They won't learn much from the games, which are pretty commercial and not very challenging. However, Yoursphere is definitely one of the warmer, more pleasant social networks for kids.

Positive Messages

The site promotes positive online interactions, Internet safety for children, and connecting with other kids.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Participating in site activities earns credits, which can be exchanged for prizes such as gaming consoles, iPhones, and other desirable items. Gold memberships, which cost $4.95 monthly (annual and family plans are also available), premium benefits including contests, access to a scholarship program, and more credits.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yoursphere is one of the safe social networks out there for kids. It requires parents to submit to a background check for identity verification before activating a child's account. The social networking site for kids 17 and under includes games, a virtual world, a credit system where are rewarded for positive interaction in the community, and more. That said, content is squeaky clean, the strict membership rules surely will weed out some undesirables, and sign-ups are vetted against a database of registered sex offenders.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byaimeejohns February 20, 2010

Not very safe

Not as safe as it seems. It has a long way to go
Adult Written byDawn M. October 17, 2016

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 whi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byPattyKittyGirl July 22, 2019

It was awesome and great to use!

Well from my opinion that i loved to play other games on the site and chat with my friends my age. It was fun back then but it was my life when I was 12. But it... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2019

My thoughts

I’m not sure if this would be the same for others, but my link for the website didn’t open up. If anyone has an answer please let me know.

What's it about?

Yousphere is a social network for kids up to 17. The home page has a Pinterest-like interface; you can scroll through an endless series of pin-style boxes, each containing a photo, quiz, inspirational quote, or link to an article. Forums and comments are monitored, but not heavily. Once verified, kids can create a profile, add friends, and play games on the site.

You can join "Spheres," themed groups where kids can post content about their favorite sports, tv shows, or any subject of interest; they include Pets, Books, Causes, and Gaming. Other users can join and comment.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace and whether they guard the safety of kids, especially kids under 13. How do they compare to sites like Yoursphere when it comes to kids' safety? Check out Common Sense Media's Facebook for Parents tipsheet.

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