Monday, July 6, 2009

My Secret Circle for Tweens + {{GIVEAWAY}}

If you heard the phrase "secure social networking for girls", would your curiosity be peaked? Mine was. I personally LOVE Facebook. Twitter is kind of cool too. Myspace was very appealing to me when it first came out even though it's lost it's flavor quite a bit (for me). But, I'm an adult. I'm not sure I'd want my tween girls on there though.



Did you know that 25% of 8-15 year olds have strangers as friends on their social networking page and 20% of those admit to meeting a stranger they encountered online?! Just this week alone I received 2 random friend requests on Facebook. Umm, no thanks! Way too many crazies out there.

To address the huge online safety concern facing our youth, gaming and entertainment leader,
Senario, has created the first-ever secure socially networking world specifically for girls ages 8-12. My Secret Circle is a new plug-‘n-play product that allows girlfriends to hang out online, chat, share pictures and play games—all with mom’s approval.

By purchasing online access keys (USB keys) featuring proprietary technology with embedded browsers and unique ID codes, only friends can connect on My Secret Circle by exchanging private codes. Best of all, it’s invisible to the online world, so the child is not exposed to ads and strangers that are present on most major social networking sites.



Basically how it works is you buy the program, which comes in the form of a flash drive, and each person has their own secret "code" for the My Secret Circle. After generating your code, you print the code out on a small piece of paper and place it in a tiny capsule called a "charm". Then, you exchange the charm with another My Secret Circle user in person. And that's where it differs from "big kid" social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. In order to share your MSC profile with another MSC user, you have to exchange charms in person, which is supposed to eliminate the predatory aspect that sometimes comes with social networking sites.



It has all the fun features of other social networking sites like sharing pics, notes, interests, etc. You can even buy a headset that allows you to talk to your friends, voice-over-internet-style, just like Skype!



Other key features of My Secret Circle include All-About-Me profile pages with a Diva Designer avatar tool, an online journal that can be kept private or public for friends to read, instant messaging, games and an extensive photo feature in which girls can upload photos, add text and d├ęcor and even create slideshows.

My Secret Circle access keys can be purchased individually($19,.99) or in a B.F.F. (best friend forever) Pack ($29.99), which includes two online access keys, to shared among friends or siblings. What a perfect birthday gift idea!




One lucky reader is going to receive an idividual My Secret Circle Pack. To ENTER please follow these simple instructions:



  • US & Canadian Residents Only

  • Contest will run from Monday, July 6 through Sunday, July 12. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will be posted on Monday, July 13.

  • Earn extra entries by following, subscribing, blog listing or blogging about this contest.

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110 comments:

The Dimino's said...

WOW!! That is really cool!!! Yeah, you never know these days with all the crazies!!! That would be a great gift for a girl!! Myspace has definitely lost all of its fun for me too but I do love facebook!! HA HA

MrsSuperDave said...

This is a fabulous idea! I sent it as a suggestion for my dear friend who just moved from here to TX, her daughter is having a rough adjustment and misses her friends here soooo much. They are totally tweens and would LOVE this.
And yeah-myspace is so last year! LOL!

Courtney said...

i would love to give this to my daughter... vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Jen said...

Very cool! My daughter is only 5 but I fear for the future. BTW, stopping by from SITS, great blog.

mverno said...

nice idea mverno@roadrunner.com

Joanna said...

That is a cool idea!

Congrats on your SITS day.

JosiahsMommy said...

What a great great idea! Your blog is so cute. Happy SITS day!

thatgirlblogs said...

count me in! I have two middle schoolers.

valentine said...

this is such a great idea. when i was younger, internet and chat rooms were still new. i chatted with who knows who. i look back now and i realize, i could have met some crazies!

congrats on being the fabulous featured blogger!

Karen said...

Sounds like a great program. I'm just curious what's to keep a kid from emailing the code to someone they don't know but met through another site? (Devil's advocate, sorry!)

Anyway, stopping by from SITS. Congrats on being the FB!

Juls said...

I have two girls 10 & 12, so this would be absolutely perfect!! :)
Congrats on being the FB on Sits!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hi. Have a great day! Love your blog!

Papermoonies said...

stopping over from sits
congrats on the feature.
http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

camerapatty said...

That sounds like wonderful product. kudos to the inventors. Wish I had heard about it 4 years ago.

Enjoy being featured on SITS!

Lora said...

Fun...although I don't have need of it at the moment ;)

Happy SITS day!

Jennifer said...

What a great idea. If I was a parent I would be very nervous about my child being on a site like Myspace! Happy SITS day!

It's All Good said...

how cool!

Rocksee said...

Happy SITS DAY!

theselfloveproject said...

visiting from sits...

cool idea...thankfully my girls are only 3...and i am loving it...

angelcel said...

Sounds like a great idea, although I'm happy to say that this is no longer an issue in this house. :)

Happy FB SITS day!

LORI said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR SITS DAY! THIS IS A REALLY GOOD IDEA--I'M GLAD SOMEONE HAS THEIR THINKING CAP ON ABOUT KEEPING OUR PRECIOUS YOUNG GIRLS SAFE AND INNOCENT!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy SITS day!

Something White said...

Hello and happy SITS-day!
Best greetings,
Marjolijn

Queenie Jeannie said...

Seriously cool AND smart!

Happy SITS Day to you! Enjoy all the bloggy love coming your way!!!

Yaya said...

Congrats on your sits day!

My teenage half sis in law has myspace and facebook and I'm always floored at the pictures she posts of herself...

FranticMommy said...

Brilliant! I love new, creative ideas! I started social networking at the ripe old ago of 42 and I truly see the value and power of it. Love your blog too!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

The tween & teen years are so challenging; it's nice to know there is a networking option out there that's safe.

Trish said...

Happy SITS day, I think this is a way cool gadget!

TuTu's Bliss said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I was going to pop over say hi and go to bed but I got snagged looking at all these great products. I'm so jealous!!! Hugs, Jen

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

mommytoalot said...

Neat.
Stopping by from SITS.

Christina Lee said...

happy SITS day- very cool
I dont have to worry about teens YET-not looking forward to it!

~Kristen~ said...

I just wanted to wish you congrats on your SITS feature day!!! :-)

Adriana said...

Happy SITS day! I'm off to look around!

Robin said...

I don’t want to through a wrench into your fun but flash drives have been known to carry self-propagating worms. They lurk unseen on USB drives and come to life when the flash drive is inserted into your pc / mac. It then downloads a code that connects else ware on the net and stays in touch with it’s creator, sending all data from your computer and can even make it possible for the creator to manipulate your settings and take control of your computer. The Department of Defense has banned the use of USB drives and they are being phased out by the corporate world.
On a lighter note, children (as do adults) misplace, lose and have items stolen all the time. Children also fall into and out of friendships often.

Robin said...

Oh....woops...I forgot... :-D

Congratulations on your day in the SITS sun!

Have a most beautiful day.

Jingle said...

Congrats on your SITS feature today!!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Super idea...stopping by from SITS. Have a great day:)

Rhonda said...

Wow! That is awesome!! I have three daughters, 15, 12 and 5, and I would LOVE for the 12 year old to have something like this. She is on facebook now and I have noticed her friending people she doesn't know. Scary!

Regardless, thanks for the heads-up on this awesome product!

tatertot374 said...

This would be wonderful for my daughters. My oldest is only 6 about to turn 7. Thank you for the chance
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Miss Behavin said...

That sounds really neat.

I don't particularly care for myspace anymore, but I do use facebook daily. And Twitter.

Stopping by from SITS to say hi and congratulations!

Diane said...

stopping in from SITS! congrats on being featured!!

Scrappy Girl said...

What a great product! It is scary to let your child venture on the computer...this would be a great compromise!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Happy SITS day! :)

The Main Ladybug said...

Have a very happy SITS DAY!!

Cool giveaway too!

Come visit, I love guests!!!!

Greetings from Guatemala said...

sounds like a cool product.

Visiting from SITS. Hope you have a great day!!

missy said...

stopping by from SITS.
enjoy your day!!!!!

Krysten Hartenstein said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hello! Your blog is ADORABLE!

~Trish~ said...

Congrats on your SITS day!! Enjoy!

Amy said...

Happy SITS day....

Joshley and The Charles said...

So cool!! stopping by from SITS..love your blog! look forward to reading more :)

Niki said...

Stopping by from SITS, this is very cool! I wish I had a daughter! I will definitely point my friends over here for this cool giveaway!

Valerie said...

That's really neat. Congrats on being FB today.

I hope you have a great SITS day!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I think that is a great idea for kids that are into the internet. It's scary out there for sure. Thanks for giving us some options.

Happy sits day to you :)

Becky said...

Happy SITS day!

Suz said...

Just wanted to wish you happy SITS day

jori-o said...

Stopping by to say Happy SITS day to you, and BONUS! What a cool giveaway! Sign me up! =)

Love your blog, by the way. Hope you have a fantastically saucy day!

jori-o said...

Following!

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Visiting from SITS! I have a tween & a teen and I love The Secret Circle program. My teen has a Bebo Page, and I can't stand it! She has right at 100 friends and she CLAIMS they all go to school with her! (yeah right!) She does go to an Arts Magnet school grades 6-12 so it's a possibility but, I'd be more comfotable with something like this!

Juliet Grossman said...

We NEED this at my house. My seven year old is getting to that age soon....it's pretty hairy. It's totally uncharted territory for us. I think this invention is pretty darned brilliant. Thanks for having a giveaway. Please enter me! jgrossmanesq@yahoo.com

Get Real Girl said...

I have never heard of this before and I have 3 girls. This is a really great product.

Congrats on your SITS day! What a great blog!

The Wife O Riley said...

Being a mom of a 10 year old, I LOVE this idea. Thanks for posting it and happy FB!!

just the five of us said...

I do have teenager daughters and it is scary out there! My oldest has a private blog, but no facebook or My space. I guess Twitter is the new rave! I don't even let them tweet. I am so old fashioned.

Stopping by from SITS.:D

bluecottonmemory said...

I love this! They need to make one for boys, though. I don't think my boys would like the girly gadgets! Congrats. on your SITS day in the Spotlight:)

Beth's Blog said...

Happy sits day !!!!!

{leah} said...

What a great idea!!! My boys are little but I worry about the time when they do start getting on line and chatting and stuff, and who they would be chatting too. {although I don't think my boys will be in to trading charms...}

But the idea is GREAT

Jennifer said...

Stopping by from SITS to wish you a great time being FB!

Rebecca said...

Hola!

What a fun site! I've had a great time browsing around and will keep doing so!

My 10yo would absolutely love the Secret Circle...if I wasn't so old-fashioned and would actually let her do it. ;^) Plus, not sure how well it would work in MX. Still, I'll be recommending it to some of my friends in the States.

Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

Sula Lee said...

Very scary! My 6-year-old already likes to be on the computer, but we haven't gotten there.

I wonder if there is anything that interacts with these sites to protect our kids better or if we just need to guide them better about what NOT to do. Seems like the kids like to all do the same things and be on the same sites, and that is a powerful force in and of itself.

Helene said...

Stopping from SITS! Congrats on being featured today!

This is such a great site! My daughter is still a little too young for it but I'm gonna mention it to my sister who has a 10-yr old daughter!

Morgan said...

Happy SITSday - what a great giveaway!

carma said...

Stopping by from SITS. Enjoy your special day!

Sue said...

Stopping by from SITS. Congrats on being the FB

The Nice One said...

WOW what a great idea! Love that!
I am such a facebook addict, and my soon-to-be teen is wanting to join but I'm like NOOOOO!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Happy SITS Day! Also, can't a person have the FB private? Mine is and so is my daughter's (she is 20).

Megan said...

Congrats on your SITS day!!

My Sweet Side said...

It's about time that the manufacture companies have found an ideal way for our young girls to hang out in cyber space and allowing us moms to feel safe and secure knowing that no crazies can get to them. What a breath of fresh air ! I'm definetely buying this product for my two daughters ! Thanks for sharing about it. I'm also going to repost your indepth post in my blog with a link back to you. Thanks so much.

Aleta said...

Happy Featured Blog day, visiting from SITS. What a wonderful post! I don't have children, but my cousins and friends do. They are very concerned about their children using the Internet and I certainly agree that there's reason for the concern. I'll have to share your post with them.

Tiaras said...

Happy SITs day to you!!

BookLady said...

What a great idea! Finally, a safe place for girls to network -- really safe! Visiting from SITS, your blog is great!

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Happy SITS Day!

hotpants™ said...

Happy SITS Day!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Great information. Congratulations on being fb today.

GingerSnap said...

Very cute blog!

Amanda said...

Good info to get out there...

God bless-
Amanda

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Congratulations on being the featured blogger on SITS today!

- Margaret

Debbie in Nashville said...

Hi, stopping over from SITS. Congrats on being the FB today! Cute blog.

Marrdy said...

Fun giveaway!

Congrats on your SITS day.

La Belle Mere UK said...

Wow what an amazing idea! That's brilliant. Shame us UK chicks can't enter though :-(

Will have to find out more - my nieces would love this!!

Well done on making FB!

Bec xxx

Kristin said...

Love your blog! Happy SITS Day!!

Tranquility said...

What a fantastic idea!
And that's the perfect age for it to - the little sisters who want to be online like everyone else, but still young enough to think that the exchanging of charms is cool and fun!

GypsyFox said...

congrats on sits! :) great blog & post, I added your button to my blog & I too love facebook :)

lilybox said...

This is a brilliant idea; more social networking sites should step up with security. We had a case today in the UK of a 12yr old girl who met her online friend (turned out to be a 41yr old perv), got abducted but luckily was found in France while trying to catch a plane to madrid. The thought of it makes me cringe.

TR Hughes said...

Awesome idea! Congrats on your SITS day!

Reviewer11 said...

It's scary for anyone to meet a stranger they met online. Yikes! You're right, there's a lot of crazies out there.

from a SITSta. :)

the ungourmet said...

What a cool thing! My daughter would really like this! Happy SITS Day! Love your blog!

Ms. Wanda said...

Wow, Thanks for the info I have an 2 girls one is 8 the other 12 and they would love this:) Love your blog, too!

Shawn said...

Happy SITS day!!


Your blog is amazing....enjoy your day!

Chandy said...

Congrats on being featured yesterday, sorry I'm a little late!

Whimsical Creations said...

happy sits day!! My niece would love this!

strokeofliving said...

Happy belated SITS day/feature. Great job congratulations!

Stephanie said...

It sounds cool but I wonder...it says you print out your key and exchange it with someone in person. Does that mean you can only add one person or can you do this several times?

Allegra Posts for Rose said...

visiting from SITS. I love the secret circle idea for kids. Congrats on your blogger day!!

Megan said...

Congrats on your {belated} SITS day!! =D

Randominities said...

This is such a great idea! It's a shame we actually need this. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I have never heard of it.

Marianna said...

What a great idea! I would love to try this out! Thanks for the chance to win!

kathy pease said...

this would be great for my daughter :)

kathy pease said...

following your blog klp1965
kathy pease

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

Penelope said...

I'm too late for the contest, but I wanted to say that this seems really cool, and there are lots of scary people on-line...I don't get some of those people who try to friend me on facebook without knowing who I am!

~Penelope