My Space Revisited
Our school had the local Attorney General's office and some programmers talk to us about My Space and the good and bad in it. I have had some interesting comments from my good friends here about it;pro and con.
My pro comments are very pro: young adults love to go here and talk to their friends and there are some creative photos of art and nice photos of friends. Those who know me here know I love poetry, art and music, hey I'm hip.That is very cool .OK.
It is listed as an adult forum and as such it is creative and the teens can go in and "meet up" with their friends, share ideas and talk about stuff and even arrange parties ,etc.You ask :" how can the teens get in? " They are lying about their age from New York to California!Ok so why do I worry? Are you guys great parents? Yes!!!!!! Well what about the lock key kids with indifferent parents? They are vulnerable! What about kids who are depressed or their parents are depressed and they are using the Internet as a babysitter?What about the extremely shy kids and the kids who have to move around the country every year or so?Wrong idea!!!!No pass go and No collect one hundred dollars!
Oh and get this: some kids are being stalked.Thirty percent of people in this space are 30 to 50 year old men who are pretending to be teens in your state!They can form link up with the help of stalkers and try to find your child! When you child thinks that they are not being viewed by millions of people they are mistaken! So Hey how about asking them to just post anonymous photos, with sunglasses and blouses; suitable for tv or something and how about no address and no formal name and telelphone numbers? I'm all for the kids going to have a beach party or a party in the Bronks but how about NOT posting that in the blog? Make a call..some of your kids' "Internet kids their age" are not kids their age;
they are predators!
OK so..what are your comments? Pro and Con?Please write some more thoughts!