While the Internet has a wealth of good things going for it, there are some
bad points as well. Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook
illustrate these points well.
Most users of MySpace and Facebook use the sites as they were intended -- a
place to meet friends and find like-minded people to chat with and make new
friends. However, both Facebook and MySpace have had problems with sexual
predators preying on unsuspecting children using the sites.
DailyTech reported earlier this month that Megan
Meier, a 13-year-old girl, had committed suicide after a cyber-bully
tormented her on her MySpace page. In the case of Meier, the local district
attorney said charges were unlikely to be filed.
Morning News reports that another young girl, a 14-year-old identified
only as Julie Doe from California killed herself in July of 2006 after being
sexually assaulted by a 30-year-old man that she had met on MySpace named Kiley
The family of the 14-year-old girl has filed suit against MySpace alleging
that it knew about prior sexual assaults by predators using the site and failed
to implement security measures to prevent assaults from happening again.
According to documents from the case, the girl’s suicide note said that the
failed relationship with Bowers was part of her reasoning for killing herself.
Jason Itkin, the attorney for the family of the girl says, “The main goal of
these lawsuits is to get MySpace to stand up and put in meaningful protections that
will make it more difficult to search out and find young girls.” Itkin and his
firm are also representing six other families who have sued MySpace over
DailyTech has previously reported on subpoenas
that were issued against MySpace rival Facebook over allegations of
soliciting of minors using Facebook’s website. A Wired Magazine editor found 497
convicted sexual predators on MySpace in October of 2006.
quote: The problem is that some of the 'values' that are being pushed on children today are bankrupt: the idea of someone have a 'one and only' person who is right for them, the idea that sex is a bad thing for them, etc.
quote: The problem is too many parents a) don't care or b) try to be their kids friend instead of a parent.
quote: Now that I am <after> teenagers, I feel for the parents and support their legal action against Myspace. If you are a corporation that deals with children, you better be damn sure you are always doing everything you can to protect them. It doesn't matter if you are making small toys that could be swallowed, or hosting online webpages for them, the message must be clear; they MUST be responsible for what they provide to your children.
quote: MySpace security spokesman Hemanshu Nigam told the Wall Street Journal the firm had failed to find an effective age verification solution. He said: "We've spoken to a number of companies and we have not yet found a firm or technology that can reliably verify the age of our members under 18."http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/17/myspace_ze...
quote: Their security is that if you're underage, they have account controls that limit who can contact you. If you choose not to use it, that's your fault.
quote: Exactly why it is on the parents to explain to their child
quote: Thats alot of control for an open/free website. Who pays for all that effort?
quote: "then again, the car makers could say they they were speeding, they were driving unsafe, intoxicated, etc. It is out of their control. You see how it is so easy to blame the victim?
quote: It is time that myspace steps up to the plate.
quote: So, you think if someone is injured because they're speeding and driving unsafely while intoxicated, that we should blame the automaker instead?
quote: Steps up and does what exactly?
quote: While legally a minor cannot enter into a contract with a parent to cosign, it absolutely does not prevent credit card companies from issuing cards to them.
quote: Now, does myspace make things safer for people?<Sorry I don't have any examples to stick in here.>
quote: "their" = a person or grouptheir - Their mom is really strict.