Safe Family: MySpace safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

A new partnership with 49 states and 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. 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" 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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