Friday, July 27, 2007

Sex Offenders on MySpace

I found this news story frightening.. 29,000 is a big number. Parents, be aware.

6 comments:

Naiah said...

Where's the linke to the story?

M&M said...

Sorry, Naiah, it's there now. :)

jose said...

29,000 sound like alot, but then consider that MySpace handles 180,000,000 accounts. Known sex offenders are less than 0.02% of the MySpace population. How does this compare to your geographical neighborhood?

M&M said...

jose, good point. Still worth caution, though. But thanks for giving some perspective (I'm not a MySpace user and I wasn't aware of its overall size).

Bored in Vernal said...

I agree with you that caution is advisable. However, I'm dismayed by the article's call for parental consent. This would entail "requir[ing] the Web sites to verify the parents' identity and age. For example, social networking sites would have to compare information provided by a parent with commercial databases. Sites could also force parents to submit credit cards or printed forms." Does this bother you? It does me.

Instead, parents should monitor their children's use of social networking. I ask my children to use the privacy function, where the only people who can enter their my spaces are their friends who are invited on.

M&M said...

BiV, to be honest, I had only really seen the headline and that was more what caught my attention. I am not sure how I feel about parental consent. I think that can be accomplished by the parents (we have our computer password-protected, so children can't use it without our consent). But by the same token, it seems that children and teens may not always fully grasp the dangers, or recognize when they are being "conned."

I'm not sure what, if anything, should be done legally. Thanks for raising the question, though. I'd rather not have to have my identity floating around anymore than necessary, so you bring up some interesting points. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.