Safe Family: MySpace safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

A new partnership with 49 states and MySpace.com has the goal of keeping your children safe online. One of those goals is verifying the ages of its users. Ryan Loyd has more in this Safe Family report.

"Today we form a partnership that will protect children, purge predators, and expunge inappropriate content including pornography," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

That announcement could be the beginning of a new wave of online safety for your children.

MySpace.com reached an agreement with authorities in 49 states that will help prevent sexual predators and others from misusing the site.

"We're here as law enforcement officials to say that new measures are necessary for the entire law enforcement community to perform their function of protecting children against criminal assaults that may emanate from contacts on MySpace or the other social networking sites"

Last year, MySpace and many other social networking sites like Facebook were investigated for misuse.

Parents are eager to see how effective a new task force will be to deter online predators but some believe online security is a parent's responsibility.

"Personally as a parent I think it's my responsibility to be aware of what they're doing and when they're on the Internet."

Texas is the only state not to take part in the agreement with MySpace. Attorney General Greg Abbott says the new security measures are inadequate.

"I want to see further measures taken by MySpace.com." Abbott said.

The site claims it will add additional steps and features for protection, as well as develop new technology for identification on the sites.

The task force will present quarterly reports on its progress and will have a final report by the end of 2008. MySpace presently makes the profiles of 14 and 15-year-old members private. That will soon be extended to 16 and 17-year-olds. Other efforts will further protect the safety of minors from Internet predators.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    We as parents need to look what our kids get on when they are on the computer, and parents if you don't like myspace don't let your kids join and get on there
  • by Lillian Location: Sherman on Jan 15, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    YEAH!!! What Dianne said!! Makes you proud to be a Texan. NOT!
  • by To Myspace Freak Location: My Child's Shoulder on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    As long as you already KNOW your friends, that's okay. But any of them that you meet online could be anyone. Like my daughter's friend..........said she was 14 and she was only eleven. She doesn't use the PC at our house anymore and YES, I notified her parents immediately. Yes, I wish Texas would take part in this too.
  • by Myspace Freak Location: Sherman on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    I use myspace everyday... There is nothing wrong with it... I think though that things like that should only be availiable to ADULTS age 18 and older... I think it should be like every other website ask for credit card info or actually VERIFY that the birthday it the RIGHT one for the persons name... I mean how hard is that... I am 21 and I love myspace I use it to keep in touch with friends.
  • by Dianne Location: North Texas on Jan 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    We need to get some new leaders in Texas. Leave it to Texas to not take part in this.
  • by theresa Location: birmingham, al on Jan 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    I do not consider the proposed safety measures set by MySpace to be strong enough. In my opinion a safe social network would be a site that does not have a chat room, does not allow profanity and lewd or sexual comments - as well as racial slurs and other hate speech, pornographic material and protects the privacy of it's members. I am not a tech nerd or a college student but a middle aged grandmother. For the past couple of years, I wanted to join a social network so I could share stuff with my friends and family. But I had been unable to find what I consider a "safe social network". So, in September 2007, I created a safe social network called Our-Social.com. Our-Social.com (www.our-social.com) has a word filter that prevents members from being exposed to profanity and lewd or sexual comments. To further ensure that the site remains clear of offensive material all pictures, videos and audios are screened prior to being posted
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