29,000 Sex Offenders on MySpace?

July 24, 2007 at 10:49 pm 2 comments

Ad Age posted an article that stated, “MySpace has identified more than 29,000 registered sex offenders on its social network.” And that “several attorneys general are working to slap restrictions on social networks“.

I have two (almost three) daughters and the prospect of any of them being approached by a sex offender in a social network is “bothersome” in the least. I actually don’t want my oldest daughter in MySpace yet. But, I know it is coming.

There are predators inside of “cyberspace” and outside in the “real world”. My daughter could ride the bus, walk in the mall, swim at the beach…. and be in physical proximity to a predator. What I would encourage is to teach your children about their own safety and how they can make themselves less at risk. Basically – to not put yourself in “harms way”. And when your children are not old enough to make that decision… you do it for them.

Hyper social communication makes it easy to stay in touch with others. That means it is easier for the good and the bad. It is an individual decision and responsibility to be aware of your safety and how you should behave. Parents teach your children and do what a parent should do: throttle their freedom with their responsibility to handle it.

My daughter will be on social network sites. They are amazing and fun. She will (hopefully) also understand her responsibility in maintaining a safe environment where she will be respected.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kiokwus WV  |  July 25, 2007 at 1:56 am

    More media hysterics thrown at the public by “legal professionals!!” What else can be so misleading to the public when this “exploding epidemic of sex offenders” is a far cry from the truth.

    My space states it has over 60 million million unique visitors monthly in the USA alone. In reality, the number of sex offenders is such a vastly remote number, the chances of any sex offender making contact via my-space is next to nil. All this is is another “feel-good, knee-jerk” operation fed to an unknowing public that makes both “my-space” and law enforcement look as it is doing real prevention of cyber crimes. In fact, your child stands a better chance to be hit by a car or lightning than having contact with a sex offender.

    Additionally, the terror tactics of the individual states attorneys to “force” my-space and any other social networks is just another blatant violation of sex offenders civil rights without just cause. This terror machine called government and law enforcement, expecting such social networks to comply, will in the long run, without opposition, remove the same civil rights of “ordinary” citizens. This is against the first amendment rights of all members of society. If an offender is under legal sanction, and has explicite orders not to join or visit any social network, the prohibition would then be legal. Once off sanction, these rights return to the offender as inalienable rights inherent to all members of society upon birth without government interference.

    Allow the government and legal representatives to continue with this violation of rights, speaks volumes where all our rights are concerned.

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  • 2. klange  |  July 25, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I have shared this post with a few that need to know this.

    Reply

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