About Mary Kay Hoal

Mary Kay is a nationally recognized family online safety expert. She is the mother of five children ranging in age from 8 – 21 years old. She is the founder & president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family & publishes the award-winning kids’ social network Yoursphere.com, and the Internet safety resource site YoursphereForParents.com. Mary Kay has been profiled on CNN, BBC, E!, Fox & Friends, Lifetime TV and ABC 20/20. She is also published on Yahoo! Shine, Dr. Laura.com, Wellness.com and many other family-focused websites.

Website: http://www.marykayhoal.com

Articles by Mary Kay

How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account and Why It Matters

How to Delete Your Child’s Instagram Account and Why It Matters

There are many reasons you might want to delete your child’s Instagram account. For starters, Instagram’s Terms of Service requires that a member be at least 13 years of age to join, so if your child (12 and under) has an account, they’ve obviously lied about their age. But beyond that, your child could be dealing with other problems on Instagram, like cyberbullying, sexting, child predation,... 

Kik – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Kik – What It Is and What Parents Need to Know

Sexting has parents concerned – and rightfully so. A byproduct of this concern is a heightened sense of awareness that we’re seeing from parents. I get emails every day from parents asking me how to prevent their child from downloading certain apps, and what’s the best way to monitor what their child is doing on their smartphone. Sexting continues to be an underlying concern in all of these conversations... 

Recent Study Highlights Importance of a Digitally Educated Parent

Recent Study Highlights Importance of a Digitally Educated Parent

A recent study conducted by the Hart Research Associates for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found that when teens look to seek out information about how to stay safe online, nearly three in four (74%) turn to their parents. The study also found that parents and teens indicate similar levels of concern for a number of negative potential outcomes of teens’ online behaviors and activities. In... 

Protect Your Family’s Privacy & Financial Information Online

Protect Your Family’s Privacy & Financial Information Online

Much has been said about people being tracked while they browse the web, which is something that ad agencies and marketing firms do in order to “personalize a user’s experience”. How do you know if you’re being tracked? Well, it happens in the background all the time. Say you’re browsing Amazon or Google for a home security system, or you’re writing an email to your sister, asking her for... 

My Child Has Been Bullying Someone Online – What Now?

My Child Has Been Bullying Someone Online – What Now?

Learning that your child has been cyberbullying another child can be overwhelming. Emotions like shock, denial, embarrassment are normal, but they need to be set aside as your focus should be on doing everything in your power to rectify the situation and help your child learn from their mistake. There are three important factors to consider when doing this. First, action needs to be taken on your child’s... 

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