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We are really excited to have Mary Kay back in the CyberHood today... Since the last time she was our guest, many things have changed at Yoursphere to benefit families.
The number one thing is that membership is FREE.
In honor of National Cyber Safety Month, Mary will be sharing with all of us the news & improvements to Yoursphere, and many more security topics and issues, that will help keep your children safe online!
A brief discussion about what can happen to your un-protected kids using mobile communication and free apps! Read more: KOKS Top 13 Issues
Facebook & Apps... a parent’s worse nightmare!!
Source: Opinion: Why Facebook Isn't a Place for Kids
By Mary Kay Hoal / Yoursphere Founder!
Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized expert on children’s online safety. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the kids social network Yoursphere.com. Mary Kay also offers parents Internet-safety information and tips at YoursphereForParents.com. She has been profiled on CNN, Fox & Friends, FOX Business, E!, Lifetime TV, ABC News Now, and The Reader's Digest. Mary Kay is also part of the "Web Avenger" team for ABC's 20/20.
In 2012, Mary Kay founded The Yoursphere Media Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform (FCISER), which is dedicated to creating a network of community educators that provide children, their parents, schools and communities, with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools they need to have a positive and safer digital experience.
Mary Kay has also been published on sites such as DrLaura.com, Yahoo! Shine and ABC News where she's able to reach millions of parents. For more information visit www.marykayhoal.com.
The Total Education Network is the only education talk show that airs shows 7 days a week. Please go to my website www.totaltutor.org for more info. On tonight's show, The Total Tutor and Darci Hyman will interview Mary Kay Hoal of Yoursphere. Yoursphere is the first social networking service for youth that parents can embrace. Drawing on her corporate entrepreneurial experience as a media strategist, advertising, marketing and publishing VP formerly with CMP Media LLC, Mary Kay built the Yoursphere. She will discuss the dangers of children using Facebook and other social media sites.
In addition, Darci and I will discuss NCLB, and the teachers march on Washington DC.
The Total Education Network is the only education talk show that airs shows 7 days a week. Please visit my website at www.totaltutor.org. On tonight's show, the Total Tutor will interview Mary Kay Hoal of Yoursphere. We will discuss how we can protect our kids on the internet & social networking sites.
A proud wife and mother of five children (both biological and adopted, ranging in age from 5-18 years old), Mary Kay faces the same challenges every parent does: keeping her kids safe; raising them to be good, happy and well-balanced people; and providing them with the tools and support to create their own future.
While Mary Kay readily admits that she didn't "get" the whole online social networking phenomenon at first, she quickly recognized its importance in her kids' lives. After researching the disturbing landscape of social networking sites—including endless inappropriate content and thousands of predators targeting youth — Mary Kay's mission became clear: raise the bar.
Conceived and founded by Mary Kay, Yoursphere is the first social networking service for youth that parents can embrace. Drawing on her corporate entrepreneurial experience as a media strategist, advertising, marketing and publishing VP formerly with CMP Media LLC, Mary Kay built the Yoursphere team.
Yoursphere's Been Featured On: CNN, Fox & Friends, Fox Business Happy Hour, CNN en Espanol, ABC News Hour and on over 110 nationally syndicated talk radio shows.
The Yoursphere Mission is to create a premium social networking service that provides the safest online destination for kids and teens up to 18
"Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass. For your lorry loads pumping petrol gas. And you make them long, and you make them tough. But they just go on and on, and it seems that you can't get off.
Oh, I know we've come a long way, We're changing day to day, But tell me, where do the children play?"
The above lyrics are from the Cat Stevens song "Where Do the Children Play."
While it is a song about the negative impact that progress has had on the environment, the same parallels can be drawn with the progress of the Internet.
Powerful, useful and playing an increasingly important role in our everyday lives, the virtual world is also a place of great danger to our children where pseudonyms and "second lives" can obfuscate both identities and intentions.
Even the seemingly innocuous can present an unwanted intrusion into our homes and the minds of our children at a lightning speed that presents a challenge to even the most vigilant of parents.
While there are never any guarantees in life, at least in the physical realm we can see and therefore to a certain degree protect our children without instilling an ominous fear that clouds the joys that life does have to offer.
So what is the answer in the virtual world?
How do we enable our children to feed the natural curiosity that is an integral part of their development while keeping them out of harm's way?
Joining me today is Mary Kay Hoal, Founder of Yoursphere.com. Yoursphere.com is a social media platform that engages kids and teens in rewarding, purposeful and positive youth-selected activities and interests – sports, music, fashion, academics, gaming, art & photo, movies & tv, performing arts, fashion, etc. – all while putting their safety first, and Mary Kay will provide us with much needed insight into this important issue.
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