Written by:2009/02/04 08:41 AM
MySpace provided US state attorneys with the names of 90,000 registered sex offenders it had banned from its site in response to a subpoena.
Previously MySpace acknowledged a figure of round about 50,000, making this 40,000 more than the amount previously acknowledged by MySpace. That's an incredible amount of sex offenders registered on MySpace. Facebook is still in the process of gathering together its list of names, ready to hand over.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who along with Attorney General Roy Cooper of North Carolina are among officials pressing social networking sites to adopt more stringent safety measures.
“Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace — shown by our subpoena — is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable,” Mr. Blumenthal said in a statement. “For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using false names and ages.”
This raises questions of whether social networking sites are a haven for sex offenders. “This is just the tip of the iceberg on MySpace,” said John A. Phillips, chief executive of Aristotle, a company that supplies identity and age verification technologies for various companies. “These are just the convicted sex offenders” who used their real names.
Is your child on Facebook or MySpace? Did you know that Facebook has an age restriction, but many parents allow their children to lie in order to sign up. With this kind of shocking news, why would you want to do that? Do you know what your child is doing on Facebook, who their friends are, what they are reading? When something dreadful like this happens we are quick to blame everybody else, except ourselves. As Parents we are ultimately responsible for our children.
Please be aware, this is not an American or British thing. It is also a South African Problem.
Are your children signed up on some kind of social networking site? Do you keep tabs on them? Let us know what your thoughts are.
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