Here is the conversation I had with my eleven year old son, M1, at dinner tonight:
“Mom, can I log on to yoursphere tonight?”
“You know we don’t let you on the computer at night.”
“Well, remember last night when you wouldn’t let me log on? Well, I got some eggs yesterday morning and when I went back to check on them this morning whatever hatched had run away because you wouldn’t let me get on the computer last night.”
Excuse me? Did he just try to blame me for something getting lost in his virtual world? Hooray for a teachable moment brought to the Calandro Clan via yoursphere, a safe, fabulous online social community!
This opened up a dialogue about communication (Am I a mind reader? How can I know you have a specific reason for logging on if you don’t tell me? How do you want to discuss this in the future?) and creating interest in a virtual world (Why do you think yoursphere created the eggs with time sensitivity? How do you feel about being responsible for what you create?). Topics for the future: how to manage your virtual time, just like real time; and virtual responsibilities vs. real world responsibilities.
Thank you, yoursphere for giving M1 the opportunity to safely explore a virtual world at an age when I can talk with him about what all this means. I want to help him understand about boundaries while he will still listen to me. If he were to launch into an online community when our communication weren’t as free-flowing (perhaps as he gets older) I may not be able to talk with him about some of the important aspects I want him to understand.
If you haven’t already, please take a look at yoursphere and consider allowing your child up to participate. If you decide to join the community, let them know the Calandro Clan sent you and you could win $50. Just use the code YSMC-0076 when you register and you will be entered for a chance to win a $50.00 American Express gift card. All that and online safety for your child, too. What are you waiting for?
I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on Yoursphere.com, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.