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@taymouse (585)
United States
April 14, 2007 8:10pm CST
Do you have a Myspace? Do your kids? Do you think it is dangerous to have Myspace, even if you have your profile as private and only add people you know? I have a Myspace, have had since August or September 2006. I think it's fine as long as your profile is private, so only people you add as a friend can see it. And then you only add people you know, of course. What about you? Post your thoughts on Myspace.
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@mayenskie (1308)
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
I also got myspace page but i rarely visit the site, i prefer friendster over it. The last time i checked my myspace, i got too many friend requests and messages on my inbox from people i dont know, as i only got 3 friends on my list in there which are my high school batchmates. Anyways, there was one person from myspace who kept on emailing me asking if i dig younger guys and wanna hook up. I just deleted it without replying. I never had this experience in friendster, no spamming either. One should be careful in dealing with strangers, you'll never know what goes on in their mind. I always remember what i saw in Discovery Channel, it was a documentary about some prowlers on the net who victimizes minors. They pretend to be someone tehy are not. The scary part is they are good actors and you never know until you are actually there meeting them, and you can't escape anymore.
@taymouse (585)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Hmm I have never had that problem with Myspace. I'm sorry you had the wrong experience with it. Thanks for your reply!
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• United States
15 Apr 07
Myspace in and of itself is not dangerous. Parental ignorance and neglect are what is dangerous. Too many parents aren't internet savvy enough to understand how online predators operate, and are therefore ill equipped to arm their kids against them. Others don't pay attention to what their kids are doing online. I'm on Myspace, with a public profile. I use an avatar rather than a photo of myself, and I don't give out details about my location, or other identifiable information. The point of Myspace is to connect with others and talk to new people. If you limit yourself to people you already know, then that really defeats the whole point of having a Myspace. Why bother?
@taymouse (585)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I agree. But I don't think the point is just to meet new people.. I like using Myspace just to keep in touch with friends. I don't need to meet new friends online. ;)
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I have mixed feelings about Myspace. I do have a profile, but I really never use Myspace so I rarely go and visit the site. My daughter and son both have Myspace pages, but they only talk to people they actually know and no strangers...ever. They've heard enough horror stories from their friends. One of my friend's daughters met a guy at the mall from Myspace who said he was her age (16) and he turned out to be in his 20s. She left in a hurry unharmed, but not everyone is that lucky.
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@taymouse (585)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Wow that is scary. The sad thing is, it happens all the time. But if you're safe and make sure you're only talking to people you actually know in real life, it doesn't usually happen. Thanks for your reply. :)
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@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
18 Apr 07
I dont believe that it is a bad place for people to meet and connect. There always has to be something or someone to blame as parents these days have a hard time controlling their children or they simply just do not care until something bad happens to them. You do not need to put all of your information on any site you choose to frequent. That after all is how those pedafiles find young children. Keep certain things to yourself and interact with people your age and there would no problems.
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@taymouse (585)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Yes people definitely need to learn not to give out their full names (first name is fine for me), their phone numbers, addresses, the school they go to, what sports team they play on, etc. A few big details or a bunch of little details - it can help pedophiles find you. And people also have to realize, others can lie on the internet. If a 13 year old girl gets on, and she's chatting with someone and they tell they're a girl, and 13 too - they could really be a 40 year old man. You've got to be careful.
• India
19 Apr 07
these things r very common now a days,not only girls but guys r also cheatten at times.but people especially girls should be carefull for all that.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
Nobody that I know has a MySpace page. My thinking is that it is a very dangerous think to have, especially for young teens who tend to put anything and everything on there that jeopardizes their lives and privacy.
@taymouse (585)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Yes, but I don't think Myspace is always dangerous. Teens know bad things can happen, but they think bad things will never happen to THEM. Teens need to learn not to post personal information, like nothing more than their first name, not the city or state they live in, address, phone number, sports teams they plan on, etc. Even a lot of little details can really narrow you down. And parents, also, need to learn more about internet safety to better protect their children AND themselves, for those parents who post everything in the world up about their families. I don't think it's the fault of social networking sites if people give out too much information - on Myspace, you're even warned about that. People who own profiles just need to pay more attention and be more aware of what they're actually putting up for the world to see. And if they're posting personal details, they should at least make their profiles private.