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Here’s a Safe Social-Media Option for Girls Ages 8 to 12

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Not ready for your 10-year-old daughter to be hanging out on Facebook or MySpace or Twitter just yet? I don't blame you.

Fortunately, companies are picking up on parents' concerns about the Web and are creating products for tweens that provide safeguards from the stranger dangers inherent in the online world.

My Secret Circle is a secure social-networking world designed for girls ages eight to 12. Girls can hang out online, chat, share pictures and play games — safely.

My Secret Circle is invisible to the regular online world and is not a Web site. By purchasing online access keys featuring unique ID codes, only friends can connect on My Secret Circle by exchanging private codes. Once a code is used to connect two friends, it is inactive and can never be used again. Since the codes are embedded in the product itself, girls never need to upload personal information online, further enhancing the security of the network.  

Other features of My Secret Circle include profile pages, an 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 create slide shows. 

The access keys can be purchased individually or in a pack that includes two keys. Also available (separately) is a headset with microphone that allows girls to voice-chat online in a secure environment.

My Secret Circle is currently available for purchase at Justice stores across the U.S. for $19.99. The two-key pack retails for $29.99 and the chat headset with microphone is $14.99.