What Is ItsMyLocker?
ItsMyLocker is a cool, safe place for kids to connect with friends and community members. It is intended to be used by existing communities - kids that are already friends, existing groups, youth groups, scouts, neighbors looking for babysitters, etc... It is not built like the popular adult social networking sites where the intent is to be friends with as many people as possible. ItsMyLocker was designed to be appropriate for tweens.
Groups of friends, neighbors, parents, and mentors can reach out to one another in a central, convenient location. ItsMyLocker provides an environment that prides itself on safety, which is established through ID checks, education, and the assistance of parents and community leaders. This site is an outlet for socializing, creativity, and understanding responsibility – as an individual and as a community member. This is a place where kids can create businesses, earn money, and give back. We strongly believe that everyone can make a difference, and ItsMyLocker is a place where values, character, and cooperation are held in the highest regards. Join us today and make a difference in your community!
Why Is ItsMyLocker Safe?
ItsMyLocker was developed with the counsel and direction of over 30 various law enforcement professionals, including undercover detectives, FBI agents, prosecutors, child internet safety advocates and law enforcement officers. Our #1 goal is to keep you child and all children safe on the internet! The first thing any of these professionals will tell you is that the number one way to keep your kid safe is PARENT INVOLVEMENT!
Here are the measures we have taken to help you keep your child safe:
Privacy Protection Information
Please visit the following links to learn more about protecting your family’s privacy online:
Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Initiatives: www.ftc.gov/privacy
Federal Trade Commisions Online Safety Website: www.onguardonline.gov
Smart Socializing on the Web: www.connectsafely.org
Cyberbullying Information: www.cyberbully411.org
Get Net Wise: www.getnetwise.org
Internet Keep Safe Coalition: www.ikeepsafe.org
National Cyber Security Alliance: www.staysafeonline.org
Tips For Keeping Kids Safe
Supervise and monitor your child’s internet use. Review histories and logs from time to time and visit some of the sites your kids are looking at.
For additional information on Internet Safety check out these websites:
Teach Your Kids to Be Cyber Smart
Here are some social web tips for Tweens that you can share with your kids (Adapted from ConnectSafely.org)
Be yourself on the Internet Don't let friends or strangers pressure you to create fake usernames on the web or lie about your age.
Be nice online. Treat people the way you’d want to be treated.
Think about what you post. Sharing personal or inappropriate information on the web is never a good idea and you wouldn’t want that information to get to someone who you didn’t want to know.
Passwords are private. Don't share your password even with friends. Pick a password you can remember but no one else can guess. One trick: Create a sentence like "I graduated from King School in 08" for the password "IgfKSi08."
Read between the "lines." It may be fun to check out new people online but before you accept any friend requests or start conversations with people, make sure that you REALLY know who you are talking to.
Avoid in-person meetings unless you’re parents have oked it. Only meet people from online that you already know in person or that your parents know and say it’s ok to meet.
Be smart when using a cell phone.All the same tips apply with phones as with computers. Be careful who you give your number to and do not advertise it anywhere on the internet.
ItsMyLocker verifies the identity of ALL adults via credit card. The charge to help keep kids safe is a one-time fee of $2.89.
Which credit cards are accepted on IML?
ItsMyLockers accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Will my payment information be secure?
When you make a purchase on our site, your information is sent directly to your financial institution for verification. None of your financial information reaches our servers. Our secure certificate uses 256 bit encryption technology to ensure payment security.
What is your refund policy?
ItsMyLocker memberships are non-refundable.
Is there a family or group rate?
Family or group rates are not available.
Who Is ItsMyLocker?
My name is Jill Brown. I have 3 children, Sam (11), Tess (9), and Spencer (5).
As my kids spent more and more time on the internet for homework assignments, I realized that they weren’t always doing their homework. At times, I would see them lose concentration on homework. The next thing I knew , they were watching videos on YouTube. At first I thought it was funny, watching them search for “stupid stunts” or silly videos. Before long, other 5th graders at school began telling each other to go home and watch certain videos on YouTube. I was HORRIFIED at what a kid of any age could easily look at. It happened with the touch of a button-right from my own home!
I tried to follow all the safety rules… computer in the kitchen, limiting time on computer, etc. I didn’t realize that kids had access to all types of information and it is VERY possible we don’t even know what they are looking at it. How do we raise our kids at an age appropriate level when they have access to stuff I can’t even begin to explain to a 10 year old?
My 5th grader was not going to hang out on these baby sites designed in bright colors. Tweens are too advanced to be friends with “avatars” or people with fake names. Tweens like hanging with their friends and gaining independence. They are attracted to funny stuff and they want to feel grown up.
I spent the next two years researching the internet industry and what it meant to be “safe” for the kids. I met with hundreds of undercover detectives, FBI agents, guidance counselors, teachers, principals, doctors and all angles of the law enforcement profession. I found every safety advocate group I could and began to create a web site that was safe AND cool.
Here it is…ItsMyLocker.com. This is the perfect site for tweens. It is also evident that older teens and 20 somethings love the “Help Wanted” section, especially in this economy.
Please know that your child IS going to go on MySpace and FaceBook when they get older…everyone does! Please know that colleges and employers will crawl your child’s MySpace and FaceBook pages, looking for information that could sway their decision either way. Use ItsMyLocker.com WITH your child. Guide them to be safe, socially responsible, hard working young people. Show them the rewards of sticking up for kids being bullied or what it feels to give to a charity or back to your community. Sometimes the task of raising kids in today's high-tech world feels hopeless, especially when they know more than we do!
Use ItsMyLocker.com as a “vehicle” to do what you are already doing as a parent, teacher, scout leader, youth advisor, guidance counselor, coach, camp counselor, community member or ANYONE who cares about raising kids in this technological savvy world! Get on their level, communicate with them in a medium they are comfortable with them.
This site was created FOR a parent, BY a parent!!!!!!
Jill D. Brown
Founder of ItsMyLocker.com