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May 12, 2006

A law against MySpace in schools could backfire

Stephen Baker

OK, it makes sense to try to keep cyber creeps out of schools, but a law banning social network sites? That could keep out even Yahoo and Google.

UPDATE. By the way, sorry that we're not processing comments today. Heather's out of computer range, and with my remote set-up on the Ecto application, I have no access to comments.

10:02 AM

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It seems to me nothing is going to make kids rush to myspace and think it's cool than to "forbid it". If they were serious about driving kids away just start having stuffy senators and congressmen set up profiles and go out looking for friends. "Thanks for the add from Senator John Smith"

Posted by: graywolf at May 12, 2006 03:46 PM

Great article... I've been facilitating a blog discussion on the PBS website among a group of librarians and teachers, and they are not pleased....

http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/learning.now/2006/05/new_federal_legislation_would_1.html

Posted by: andy carvin at May 13, 2006 10:30 AM

persanaly i think if u have a myspace and keep it privite then its ok its the people that have nasty pics and blogs andprofiles so to every body JUST add UR FRIENDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kelsey marie

Posted by: kelsey at September 1, 2006 01:31 PM

just unblock it ffs =[

gayness i hate schools

Posted by: Rosie-Anne at September 13, 2006 04:22 AM

The main problem here is UNDER AGE USERS. The minimum age should be EIGHTEEN. Proof should be required just like many porn sites do---after all, myspace is a big porn site. In fact, its even worse. Its a site for predation, prostitution, how to beat up you classmates, etc.

This site is the ultimate access to filth and should be taken down or have filters in place. When anything illegal or highly objectionable is loaded into their computers, it should be blanked out or the persons site dismantled.

Posted by: Marvin Von Renchler at November 19, 2006 04:33 PM

Myspace is a fine place for everyone to hang out. Like someone said before if you have a Myspace keep it private. Dont talk to strangers. and if you befriend a stranger and get hurt its your own fault not Myspaces.

Posted by: Lynz. at January 3, 2007 09:15 PM

The Problem is that all these under age kids have all these pictures of them half naked and like the fact that people are telling them there hot! so little 12 yr. old girls should really stop lying about there age and cover them selves up!!! as well as anyone else! its a place to chat and have pretty layouts! not hook - up!!!!!!

Posted by: Mariah Mendoza at January 31, 2007 01:02 PM

I saw one guy on myspace at school because he found out about a proxy website that unblocked it i dont no who it was but his gone get in trouble and also i found out that kids can put the adress of there school on a proxy websites and unblock myspace im 9 years old and i swear im not lieing but i just wanted to send you that.

Posted by: calvin at April 5, 2007 09:19 PM

Myspace lies about deleting minors. If you see a minor that is lying about there age. When you report this minor to myspace they will not remove the profile unless the profile states the real age of the user. So if someone underage states that they are older and does not state there real age in the profile, myspace will not remove the profile.

Just as profiles that are links to porn sites. If you report such profiles to myspace they will not remove the profile and they will send you a notice from myspace that the profile has been removed when if fact they do not remove the porn related profile.

Posted by: Pokerface at April 6, 2007 07:23 PM

I Think The School system is f***ing Dumb Just let the Damn kids go on my space mabye they can learn to spell better or use a computer better or something

Posted by: Philly at April 10, 2007 01:06 PM

Ok I am 16 years old..

Glad we got that outta the way. Do you actually think that myspace allows such content to be posted on its site. Granted, not all profiles with such content are deleted because there are too many of them but if you have noticed (for those who do use myspace) that tom has been leaving his messages about how their cracking down on big spammers.

Myspace truly is a place for friends and its the pervy adults that ruin it for us all creating fake kid accounts.

Posted by: Jimmy at April 12, 2007 04:11 PM

this waz a goog idea and this waz a nice thing to do for us gurls thank you

Posted by: shay at April 16, 2007 03:55 PM

ok so i am 13 year old. and i do have a myspace. i honsetly don't see anything wrong with myspace. i use it to talk to friends and have pretty layouts. but for the people who give out all their info are frickin stupid. and the people who talk to anyone who says their hot and add them really shouldnt. so just be safe on myspace.

Posted by: annie at April 24, 2007 12:59 PM

I'm 23... not the biggest fan of myspace... I'm more so a fan of facebook, and I think that allowing kids to have facebook profiles is the better way to go. Facebook has more security, and you set the permissions for information on an individual basis. So some of my friends can see my address phone number, etc... and some of them can't.

Either way, myspace has led a social networking revolution, and to say that myspace is to blame, is the same as saying the internet is to blame. Myspace is an open community, and PARENTS should teach THEIR kids about the dangers of talking to strangers, giving out info....etc. It's not society's job to teach your children how to protect themselves from predators. It's society's job to find the predators and remove them. It's the PARENTS JOB TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN.

SO.... instead of spending your time as parents whining about myspace, and trying to change things... spend the time making your kids smarter, and then you won't have to worry about it.

Fair Enough?

Posted by: jake at April 30, 2007 12:23 PM


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