Monday, September 06, 2010

My Secret Circle: Too Good To Keep It Secret!  A Review

Do you remember what it was like when you found your first Best Friend?  That feeling of excitement at the prospect of being able to share your innermost secrets?

I do.  My first ( and still) best friend was Kathy.  When we met we had an instant bond and just knew that we could share with each other everything - and trust that the things we shared would only stay between the two of us.

Those were the days before computers.  How cool would it have been if the My Secret Circle product was available?

Check it out:

"Unlock your secret circle! A key for you and your best friend too!

Stay connected with your friends online with My Secret Circle BBF Pack! With the BFF pack you get to select your very first circle friend! Online Access Keys unlocks the ability to Journal, Instant Message, Play Games and share photos with your Secret Circle!

No subscriptions or additional fees required."

Here are some FAQ's from the My Secret Circle website:

At Senario, we constantly strive to create innovative entertainment products that are relevant to today’s youth market. We realize the Internet has changed the way children play, learn, communicate and socialize with one another. With that, we also realize that certain online game and social network sites have threatened our children’s safety. That’s why we created My Secret Circle.

What is My Secret Circle?

My Secret Circle is the first-ever secure social networking world designed for girls 8-12 and their Internet-cautious parents.
Invisible to the online world, My Secret Circle let’s younger girls create perfectly private communities with friends, while avoiding the advertising and strangers present on other social networking sites.

Within the My Secret Circle world, your child can create their social circles. The My Secret Circle Access Key give your child access to journal, instant message, play games and photo share. Your child can also have access to unlimited online voice-chat with the My Secret Circle Voice-Chat Headset.

How is My Secret Circle secure?

My Secret Circle is secure in two ways:

1. Utilizing proprietary technology, the My Secret Circle Access Key contains an embedded code that is recognized by My Secret Circle’s private browser when connected to your computer. Because this unique code is located in a hardware solution; no personal information, registration or login is ever needed—and no one from the outside world can seek your child out.

Also while entered into the My Secret Circle world— the Internet navigation bar is completely stripped away—meaning your child can never navigate outside of the circle to other websites.

2. My Secret Circle users must invite and exchange unique charms codes with real-life friends. My Secret Circle Friend Code Generator generates a unique 12 digit number. This number (Friend Code) must be exchanged through our invitation system.

The invitation system allows your child to print out her Friend Code and create an envelope to trade her Friend Code in person with a real friend of her choice. In order to become “friends,” each girl must own a My Secret Circle Access Key and each girl must exchange a Friend Code. Once your child has exchanged a 12 digit number (Friend Code) with her friend, she must upload it into the “Friend Section” of the My Secret Circle. After inputting this code you will see that your real-life friend has been accepted to access your secret circle.

The 12 digit number (Friend Code) is only good for one time use for one friend. It can never be reused by other non-approved friends. Anytime your child would like to add another “friend” to her circle, she must generate a new Friend Code, and her friend must own the access key.

Unlike other social network or gaming site, you—as a parent—can know who your child is communicating with at all times.

Are there any additional subscriptions or fees required?

My Secret Circle Access Keys and My Secret Circle Voice-Chat Head sets are purchased at most major retail stores. No personal information, additional subscriptions, or additional fees are ever required.

My Secret Circle is available at Justice stores as well as your local Target!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a sample of the product so that I could review it.  It in no way influenced my opinion nor did it obligate me in any way to post.

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