yoursphere, i was disappointed because it seemed like the contests were geared for members older than zoe. there was a contest that involved watching american idol and hannah montana. zoe doesn't watch either of those shows so i decided not to show her the contests aspect of the site.
recently, however, the contests are geared for any age group. zoe recently entered a contest talking about her favorite place (the zoo--because she loves animals so much) and another one describing (with a photo) what summer means to her. i like these because it gives her an opportunity to formulate her thoughts in a way that can be communicated to others.
while i have no idea what we will do with a four-person inflatable raft if she actually wins, i don't see any harm in taking a few minutes to enter the contest. i am curious to see how she reacts to losing. one of the prizes is a camera. she is already planning what she will do if she wins the camera, even though the chances of her winning the camera are so minimal.
i think the contests are a fun idea. i certainly won't discourage from entering them if she wants to do so. overall, however, i think i would rather she focused her time and energy on her blog and the games in ourWorld.
good news! if you want to have your child join yoursphere and if you use this code (YSMC-0070), you can be entered in a weekly drawing for a $50 american express gift card. if your child joins, make sure she becomes friends with zoe--she is lacking in the friends department!
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.