Myspace

United States
January 9, 2007 1:07am CST
I recently had a friend delete her Myspace profile. When I asked her why she said she did it because in the past week 3 teen girls have been abducted by adult males they met on Myspace. I have not been able to find any articles on the web to prove or disprove this. All I can offer is my opinion. Children do not belong there! What is your opinion?
5 responses
@SparkyG (357)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I think your right. Children don't belong there. But as long as you are safe and don't give away your personal information you will be fine.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I saw a friend of mine's teen daughter on there. She was talking about how she likes to flirt and tease boys. Really worried me. Especially since she said her name (just first name) and her hometown. She even talked about how she plays tennis. It wouldn't be hard for someone to take just that small amount of info and find her. After all, she does have plenty of photos of herself there.
@thekiwi (588)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Well personally i think dating online should have an age limit, so meeting a person from the internet, yea its wrong! Never ever meet anyone over the internet, unless you know for sure who they are and what they look like and how old they are! its awful all these dudes acting like 13 year old boys... But also if you set your account to friends only it will solve most of that for young kids, that way they can control who is on their buddy list on myspace.
• United States
9 Jan 07
Thank you for your response! You are absolutely right! I have seen Dateline's "To Catch A Preditor". It's shocking!
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
These things happen, Why shouldn't your friend supply you with his/her sources so you can verify? At any rate if that is what he feels about the site, lether/him be.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I think that if you tell your children they cannot have a myspace, they may just do it behind your back, because they have internet access at school and friends houses. Yes, I know, we all like to think that our children are honest and upfront with us, but to be frank, Myspace is problably worth it to them. Everyone has one. (i have one.. ) there are alot of things parents can do to protect their children online, first of all, be involved with them, know what sites they go to, and whom they are talking to. talk to them about online safety, about never giving out thier personal information and not adding strangers. A good idea, tell them they can have a myspace, but when they add a new friend, you have to look through that friend's profile, and then, check up on it, check and make sure you know how many friends they have on there so you can keep track and know when they add someone. (because kids under 18 must add someone to thier profile in order for that person to contact them or see anything about them) You cannot protect them forever, eventually they will move out on thier own, and if they have no experience in online behavior and what is appropriate and what isn't you are basically throwing them out to the wolves. why not prepare them, and let them have access to it, while you are there to monitor it, that way, when they are old enough, hopefully they will have enough experience to make the right descisions.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I agree, children should not belong there, but parents don't have full control of what these kids are into on these computers.