The Danger of Myspace and Facebook for Your Children
Stefanie, Yahoo Contributor Network
Mar 5, 2007 "Share your voice on Yahoo websites. Start Here."
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Millions of people mainly teenagers are jumping on the myspace and facebook bandwagon. While these sites look innocent on the outside
and most kids use it to stay connected with friends, it can be a cesspool for
rapists and child predators.
Many kids on
facebook and myspace post pictures, full name, addresses, the school they
attend and even cell phone numbers. All this information is easily accessible
at the click of a button to anyone. These sites are providing child predators
with the exact information they need to track down kids right at their own
are still in the dark about these sites and often don't know what their
children are up to when they see them sitting at their computers clicking away.
On myspace and facebook are young teens posting pictures of themselves
practically naked, drinking and doing many other things that would turn on a
predator and shock parents.
Parents need to
be made aware of what is going on in their own homes. There are many programs
available for parents to purchase in order to monitor emails, instant messages,
and what websites they have visited. While these programs are great and should
be put in place in every home, parents need to also open the lines of
communication between their kids. The truth is it's the parents who have paid
for the computer and continue to pay for the Internet each month therefore you
have the absolute right to ask your child about their sites. You have the right
to see their myspace accounts and face book accounts.
There are kids
out there who are only thirteen years old posing as thirty-six year old women
in order to attract older men. The land of the Internet isn't innocent by any
means, it's an assembly of stalkers, predators, rapists, and identity theft.
While there are nice things about myspace and facebook they aren't worth the
horrible things that can happen if your child isn't careful.