Personal Journaling Site Features Enable Parental Participation

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Online "Social Networking" website features provide privacy, security, and parental participation to help children experience positive online journaling without fear of strangers.

The internet can be a positive environment for children to learn and develop social skills. However, parents need to be engaged in the process.

Bates Strategy Group, Inc. (BSG) today announced the release of its Parental Choices program for safe personal journaling and information sharing. delivers a “Social Networking” service that enables an individual to create a private, personalized Neighborhood on the internet. The Parental Choice program offers differing levels of participation to the parent, running a spectrum from minimal awareness and approval to complete hands-on involvement as the Circle site manager.

Parental Awareness – As a subscription service, parental awareness and approval is required by default to activate a MyDaze Circle.

Chaperoned – Parents can become a member of the Circle to passively chaperone the group, monitor content, and participate when appropriate.

Manager – As a Circle Manager, parents have complete control over circle content and member invitations.

This parental involvement is in direct contrast to other online journaling services that offer parents little or no content control and no outside access control. With, parents can help their children develop social skills such as Internet communication, peer group maintenance, and journaling with a defined group of friends, without fear of strangers.

All information that is maintained in a Circle is secure and can only be accessed by Circle members. Each Circle is only accessible by those invited by the Circle manager. The child is not exposed to strangers, nor is site information viewable by anyone but Circle members.

As information is entered, it becomes part of a permanent log that is time and date stamped, and is not able to be edited. Parents can review all communications and posting activity at any time, including all historical data, images, and files.

"The internet can be a positive environment for children to learn and develop social skills. However, parents need to be engaged in the process." Explains Tim Bates, principal of Bates Strategy Group. "Children want to share their lives and experiences with others, but want to select who they open up to, which is not necessarily everyone on the Internet. Open and honest sharing within proper boundaries is a healthy social skill to learn and requires respect, privacy, and norms. This is the basis of any Circle of Friends and the foundation of our products."

About Bates Strategy Group, Inc.

LifeCircles is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bates Strategy Group, Inc, located in Boulder, Colorado. The company developed its first collaboration circle, HeartCircle, in 2005 based on personal experience and the need to connect geographically dispersed friends and family during a time of family illness. As word spread and the concept became widely adopted, BSG expanded it to touch important points in each of our lives – marriage, new babies, new homes, and other important life changes. LifeCircles is dedicated to enhancing personal lives through the power of web communications. For more information go to or


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