Posting too much information on social networking sites may be dangerous.
By Rob Stafford
Updated: 10:02 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2006
This report aired Dateline Friday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m.
You may never have heard of MySpace.com, but it's a safe bet, your kids have.
It's a social networking sites - sort of a cyber combination of a yearbook, personal diary and social club. The biggest of them is MySpace.com. With more than 50 million members, its one of the fastest growing Web sites in the country.
~ Sites such as MySpace.com are fast becoming a growing threat to our childrens online saftey. Others include, Xanga.com, LiveJournal.com and facebook.com. The age requirements for My Space.com for instance is set at 14. The age limit should be set at 18, but it does not matter much, because kids LIE about their age in order to sign up. Personally I would never consider allowing a child of mine to create a blog on My Space. Kids post personal content of their own, in an attempt to draw attention to themselves. The goal is for their blog to be one of the most popular ones. The more comments, and so called "friends" one has at My Space, the more popular one will become. And we all know popularity among ones peers has always been sought after by kids. Responding to blog comments, could then lead to lengthy correspondence with what may even be an online predator.
All in all, a sad, sad situation indeed.
Parents please step up to your responsibility as a parent, and monitor your childrens online activities!
Before it is to late ~ Scarlett
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Edited by Scarlett, 04 February 2006 - 08:12 AM.