National Mom’s Choice Awards® Names Yoursphere.com Among Best In Family-Friendly Products

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Yoursphere.com is Only Kids and Teens Social Networking Site to Earn 2011 Gold Award from The Mom’s Choice Awards®, benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services

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Families, schools and libraries trust MCA’s recommendations and seal of approval. Yoursphere’s focus on cultivating young people’s interests while guiding them to make good choices online aligns well with MCA’s mission.

The Mom's Choice Awards® has named Yoursphere Media, Inc. among the best in family-friendly media, products and services for 2011. Yoursphere.com is the acclaimed kids-only social networking site where member safety and privacy come first as a result of Yoursphere’s compliance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and innovative methodology. The site, exclusively for kids and teens, was the only youth social networking site to earn The Mom’s Choice Gold Award for excellence in family-friendly media.

“This is an incredible honor from a distinguished organization known for its rigorous standards,” said Yoursphere President Mary Kay Hoal. “The MCA judges are an experienced group of professionals and educators who help families sort their way through the sensory overload that’s today’s marketplace. In turn, families, schools and libraries trust MCA’s recommendations and seal of approval. Yoursphere’s focus on cultivating young people’s interests while guiding them to make good choices online aligns well with MCA’s mission.”

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges include: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using. For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit http://www.MomsChoiceAwards.com. For more information on Yoursphere Media, Inc., visit http://www.Yoursphere.com or its sister site, http://www.YoursphereForParents.com.

ABOUT YOURSPHERE.COM - Yoursphere is the social network for kids and teens that offers the best of the Internet while providing a vibrant and interactive experience that supports the talents and aspirations of its members. 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.

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