View Full Version : Social Networking sites like MySpace
06-26-2006, 04:01 PM
What are your thoughts on social networking sites like MySpace?
06-26-2006, 04:38 PM
I think to a point they can be a great thing like message boards. BUT I do think that with the sickos out there it makes things tough for everyone else.
06-26-2006, 05:29 PM
I think that myspace can be good depending how it is used. my Dh sister moved away so much her dh is in the military last time we heard she was in Italy somehow we lost track of her. Her kids decided to find my kids and found them there, it was a nice and surprised reunion for them.
However responsibility has to be taken. My kids do not accept any friend's request they do not know. Even when their cousin wrote they were not sure so they called and me and we accepted together because I saw the girl's pic and know what she looked like.
I am with my kids many times when they are on and when they are not on I check their mails and make sure it is all ok.
06-27-2006, 01:23 AM
I agree, it can be used as a good tool, but I think Kids should be really monitored along with their parents on something like that because there are so many weirdos and sickos out there that you can never be too careful.
I started using myspace to keep in touch with a few friends and I found alot of my old friends so it was nice to reconnect with some of the people I lost touch with after I got married and had kids.
06-27-2006, 03:33 PM
I think that sites like MySpace and other social netwoking sites are really cool, and have SO much potential for sharing information, making friends, and just being fun places to visit on the web. I've been to a lot of them, and you really do make good friends. That said, you also have to take into account that there are dangerous sick people out there who want to ruin the fun for everybody, and that everyone (especially parents, and kids) have to be careful about where they go on the internet and who they talk to - mostly just make sure that they are aware and informed of what they can do to protect themselves online, and have resources to educate themselves further.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a great webpage full of safety tips and stuff, and they have the Cybertipline site (which I have bookmarked myself!) to use for reporting if anyone tries to solicit them or meet them in real life or anything like that. It's always good just to have things like that handy, just in case.
I think as with most things, it's important to be safe and be careful on sites like MySpace - they're great sites, but you have to be sure that you use them responsibly, and that you teach kids to use them responsibly, too.
06-28-2006, 10:59 AM
The power of these networking sites is incredible -- and the kids are almost addicted to them.
When my son left for college, facebook.com connected him with friends all around the country, and that was fabulous. But the high schoolers (and even younger) have gotten into the facebook fray, however, -- which complicates the issue. I have also read articles recently about how employers are checking out these college sites, viewing some rather distasteful data, and not offering jobs or internships to potential candidates.
Internet safety is a hot topic, and an important one for families to address. One resource that I have found valuable are videos produced by the Connect With Kids Network, now available on DVD for parents. One in particular, called "Caught in the Web" is powerful. Each DVD features "real kids," and real families talking about issues -- they're not scripted -- along with advice from experts.
The website is www.connectwithkids.com. Those interested can even click onto product preview, and view a video stream online.
Hope this is helpful.
06-29-2006, 04:25 PM
I may be the only one who disagrees with everyone and thanks ok. What a dull world it would be if everyone agreed. I do not think that social networking sites are appropriate for children/teens.
Though MySpace says that you must be 14 to register, they have no way of verifying age. Children hear the stories in the news, yet they ignore the warnings. Remember that young people are often naïve and think that nothing will ever happen to them. Kids and adults do all sorts of inappropriate things on these networking sites and though MySpace is planning to add some new restrictions, preventing users 18 and older from sending messages or join friend lists of users 15 and under, unless they know the youth’s e-mail address or full name- the new restrictions will not prevent predatory, as Predators can lie about their age when they sign up.
MySpace has no way of verifying that users submit their true age when registering. I believe that the only way to combat this problem, is for MySpace to have an age verification of 18.
Moms remember that responsibility does lies with us. Supervise your child when they are online. Teach your children to never give out identifying information — home address, school name, full name or telephone number.
Furthermore, these social networking sites are unlike a blog as these social sites connect people more personally. Networking sites encourages interaction. I think that there is a risk here beyond the criminal ones that we hear about.
One-third of divorce is sparked by online affairs. The appeal of social networking sites I predict will see many more marriages ending in Divorce.
Sites like MYSpace are an addiction.
These are just my thoughts.
07-03-2006, 03:23 PM
I think it can be good and bad. Unfortunately there are those idiots out there that try to prey on teenagers and young girls and they use this website to do it. A lot of parents have no clue, but it doesn't mean they arent good parents. I got away with a lot of stuff behind my parents back and my parents were very protective and strict!
07-03-2006, 07:22 PM
I am a member of myspace-honestly-I only joined after so many on tv talked of how aweful it is! You see...I think thats exactly where christians NEED to be-to shine light into the darkness! There are pervs on every single site on the net-myspace is just the one right now to be focused on...but I go there and have joined chrisitian groups and ones for moms with kids with autisim like my own and things like that-and when someone sends me a message that I feel is inappropriate I use it as a chance to pray for them that they find god to fill the void they must surely have in there life. That he touch them in there hearts and lead them to a better way. For that is what they need most of all.
Kelli J Wright
07-04-2006, 10:47 PM
I think that myspace.com is good for older kids and young adults but at this time I am not allowing my 13 yo daughter to go on it. And not because I don't trust her but I don't like what other people can post on her site.
I know that alot of parents at her school have also decided not to let their kids go it because kids were posting things on their site that was not age apporpiate.
However, as with anything on the internet and kids you must watch them and make sure they understand how to use the internet .
07-13-2006, 02:29 PM
I just saw an article yesterday about a service that said that MySpace is now the hottest spot on the internet, past even Google and Yahoo, i dont' think social networking sites are going away any time soon - everyone seems to be using it (like i said, I've got pages on a couple of them, myself.)
I am just comforted by the fact that at least MySpace does seem to be somewhat aware of the problems that have happened on their site, and is trying hard to do something - I know they did an ad campaign about online safety with NCMEC, and there are banners that appear on the site about reporting sketchy things to the Cybertipline hotline, and when you report something as being inappropriate content to MySpace, they give you a link on the page to go ahead right then and report it to Cybertipline, too, as well as information about their educational resources, etc. I think they are trying hard, I think it will just take time to educate kids (and parents) about smart ways to take care of themselves online. (It's also a totally good point that parents need to know about sites that are popular with kids and how they work, and who goes on them, and what kind of content they have. Keeping up with that kind of information is SO valuable.)
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