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    How many people are on MySpace or Facebook? They have both had so much negative publicity lately i was wondering if anyone thought that they were in danger when using the site? I did think that it was encouraging to see that MySpace has teamed up with NCMEC/CyberTipline to educate teens and parents to keep kids safe on MySpace. So do you use either one? If so do you think these sites are safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    How many people are on MySpace or Facebook? They have both had so much negative publicity lately i was wondering if anyone thought that they were in danger when using the site? I did think that it was encouraging to see that MySpace has teamed up with NCMEC/CyberTipline to educate teens and parents to keep kids safe on MySpace. So do you use either one? If so do you think these sites are safe?
    Basically it's not safe. The whole thing rests on a person divulging as much personal information as they can in order to connect with people they know, or new people they don't know. If you don't give out information you won't connect but the minute you start giving out your name, where you went to school, your town, you post a picture, you drop little notes saying "I was at this and this restaurant last night, I'll be going to this bar tomorrow night", you're basically telling everyone who you are and where can they find you.

    What I don't get is, that all this can be accomplished by mass emailing all your friends who should know this information. There's really no need to let another 10 million people in on your schedule, name, job, education, appearance etc. When my kid gets to that age, I'll be filtering/blocking out all these sites at the router level.
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    I have had so many major arguments with my 13 year old son about wanting a myspace account..."All my friends have one", "You can set it to private so only people who have a password can access it", "You're so overprotective-you never let me do anything I want to do".......you know..all the typical stuff....I've told him I'm sorry..this one is a DEFINITE no-go!

    Tho I have to admit I've caught myself checking out different pages and seeing the graphics and pics...yeah, I can see where its enticing....
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    I can see how enticing it can be for children as well as adults. However, since there really are no rules or assurances that the people are who they say they are, yada yada yada, I don't believe it to be safe. Particularly when absolutely PERSONAL information is devulged to absolute STRANGERS!

    Would you go up to an unknown person in a crowd and give them your name, photo, tell them where you live and when you won't be home? I think not. I'd rather be safe, and more anonymous, than sorry.

    But then again, I'm rather sensitive I feel the same way about video cams and children. No way Jose!
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    Yes, I see all of your points. I guess the most important things about these sites are to be careful in giving out too much information which could possibly make you an easy target for predators. I dont think that kids should necesarily be banned from the site but safety should be taught, resources like Cybertipline should be handy to report any crazy online activity, and the computer should be in an open area so that parents can monitor their kids. Don't you think that banning your children from certain places will only make them go behind your back and make an account anyway? They have access to computers at school, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Don't you think that banning your children from certain places will only make them go behind your back and make an account anyway? They have access to computers at school, right?
    Most computer access is school is very monitored. I don't know of any teachers that let students access myspace. Normally it is just Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reader and sites that the teachers themselves have set aside for a particular assignment.

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    Well my computer is in the living room in full view but for those 3 hours before I get home from work....that's a different story. I can only "control" him so much but for now....he's not allowed a myspace tho ......he does visit other myspace accounts (mostly his friends) but what he likes about it the most is the music and games you can find on there...
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    Giving a teenage perspective on the topic (17, going on 18), I tried Myspace long ago and it wasn't really my thing but the big social networking site up here is Nexopia (it's the Canadian equivilant of Myspace) and I do have a profile on there but I do NOT have my actual location in my profile, nor the school I go to. I do have pictures of myself but they're all of me in foreign places.

    I think the best thing you can do is have plenty of common sense (I would NEVER post my phone number or a picture of myself in a swimsuit, in front of my house or anything like that) and never to reveal too much of your personal information.

    However, I draw the line at anyone under the age of 14 having a profile on one of these sites. I think that's just way too young and these kids are a hell of a lot more vulnerable to predators.
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    My 31 year old roomie joined MySpace when it was designed for bands to share music. Since all the stalker information came out, she closed her account and warned her sisters to take off ALL personal information about their families and kids.

    I've never had a desire to join any of those groups. The few websites that I belong to generate enough e-friends and real friends to keep me busy.
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    Thanks Jen for your perspective, i am always curious how teenagers look at things like MySpace and other social networks. Although I found a very disturbing article. While MySpace was the playground for predators, it seems like the next place predators will approach kids is their interactive Xbox. I didnt even know video games allowed you to talk to other people. Do you think that this could become a new threat? Geez, predators will do ANYTHING to get to kids. I attached the link, so you can check out the story i am referring to about Xbox.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_451364.html

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