Expert Reveals Facts and Myths About How to Protect Children on the Internet
DAVIS, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - According to The National Campaign to Prevent
Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com, (in the sex and tech survey
which surveyed 1,280 teens and young adults), a significant number of teens
(20 percent aged 13 - 19) have electronically sent, or posted online, nude
or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. And although most teens and
young adults the research showed are sending sexually suggestive content to
boyfriends/girlfriends, other teens (15 percent) say they are sending such
material to those they only know online and not in real life.
In answer to these statistics, Mary Kay Hoal -- President and Founder of
Yoursphere.com, the only safety-first social networking site that only
allows kids to become members -- has assembled a quiz for parents to
separate the fact from the fiction about kids online.
Q: Most social networking Web sites and forums verify identities and screen
members before accepting them.
A: FALSE -- In fact, most social networking sites do not screen new members
at all. The only thing you need to have to become a member of Facebook or
MySpace is a valid email address. Beyond that, anything goes.
Q: Having a profile on a social networking site set to "Private" safeguards
a person from anyone intending them harm.
A: FALSE -- Members with profiles set to private can still get friend
requests and are two clicks away from pornographers, trollers, or others
Q: It's really the "fringe kids" that are in danger on social networking
A: FALSE -- According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children and Cox Communications, 30 percent of teens have considered
meeting someone that they have only talked to online and 14 percent have
actually had such an encounter. So, it's not just the fringe kids -- it may
very well be your kids who are in danger without the right guidance and
About Mary Kay Hoal
Conceived and founded by Mary Kay Hoal -- a concerned mother and executive
-- Yoursphere.com 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 assembled the Yoursphere team.