Yoursphere Media, Inc., a provider of family and youth-oriented social media destinations and privacy practices for brands, nonprofits and corporations, announced today it has launched the Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform. This new nonprofit, established to encourage the widespread adoption of online safety tools and technologies, will serve as a resource for Internet and social networking safety education programs.
The Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform supports Yoursphere Media, Inc.'s leadership role in advocating for family-friendly technology products (computers, mobile devices, smart phones and smart phone applications) and services that are youth-ready and safety-enabled. The Foundation is developing a network of community educators who are providing children, parents, teachers and schools the practical tools they need for a safe and positive experience in the digital world.
"We saw an opportunity to support the important efforts of the Internet safety educators and teachers who are in schools and in the community working every day to help children and families stay safe online," said Mary Kay Hoal, president of Yoursphere Media, Inc. "All too often, these educators lack the funding and resources necessary to do their jobs. We will be helping educators through financial, material and program support. The Foundation is a natural extension of our company's goals. At Yoursphere.com, we give kids the best of the Internet while teaching them how to be 'Internet safety-smart.' At YoursphereForParents.com, we empower parents with practical tools and information to help ensure a safer and enjoyable online experience for the family."
The Foundation operates based on the philosophy that the appropriate use of technology and social media provides a multitude of benefits to today's youth. Learning about the world, connecting with others and expressing ideas and opinions online are now an established part of growing up. Kids should be able to navigate this digital world with confidence and enthusiasm. It is critical they learn how to protect their privacy and safety and that they understand the long-term ramifications of online behavior. Instead of teaching children and parents only about online dangers, the foundation will provide proactive, solutions-focused education for families with kids of all ages.
The Foundation welcomes educators, teachers, speakers and technology companies to join its coalition and help provide the education and solutions children and their families need. To learn more, visit http://www.Yoursphere.com/EducationFoundation or email Educate(at)Yoursphere(dot)com.
About Yoursphere Media, Inc.
Yoursphere Media, Inc., focuses on the family and publishes Yoursphere.com and YoursphereForParents.com. Yoursphere is the kids-only social network and social media solution provider for youth brands, non-profits and corporations that care about young people, their privacy and online safety. Yoursphere offers its members the best of the Internet while providing a vibrant and interactive experience that supports their talents and aspirations. Kids share interests through Yoursphere's innovative "spheres," interact with other kids, benefit from a scholarship program, can create their own blog, play hundreds of games and explore a virtual world. Member safety and privacy come first through the application of commonsense safeguards and compliance with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Yoursphere teaches kids to be "Internet safety smart" and rewards responsible online citizenship. Free and exclusively for children and teens through age 17, Yoursphere is approved by the Privacy Vaults Online Safe Harbor of the Federal Trade Commission. Founder and President Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized Internet safety expert who also provides safety-focused practical technology tools and tips for parents at YoursphereForParents.com. For more information, visit Yoursphere.com.
Yoursphere's Mary Kay Hoal is available for interviews. For more information, images or to coordinate a conversation, please contact Angela James at Media Owls, angela(at)mediaowls(dot)com 408-358-7898.
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