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Kids endangered at Murdoch-owned MySpace
WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/18/06 | Ron Strom

Posted on 02/18/2006 7:47:14 AM PST by wagglebee

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"Parents need to understand that anytime they let their kid go online alone it's as if they allowed a stranger into their child's bedroom and the stranger closed the door."

In the end, I think it is the near collapse of family values that creates these problems. If something is dangerous, then parents need to make certain that their kids aren't doing it.

1 posted on 02/18/2006 7:47:15 AM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 02/18/2006 7:50:52 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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But what if the parents are doing it too? My ex-DIL has her own page with a few provocative pictures. If my son has anything to do with it they will end up in court at the custody hearing along with a few printouts of these articles.


3 posted on 02/18/2006 7:52:31 AM PST by tiki
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"is wholly owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which also owns the Fox News Channel."

So what? Completely irrelevent smear job.


4 posted on 02/18/2006 7:57:34 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("Close the UN, Keep Gitmo!")
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To: wagglebee

I agree with you all the way about parents taking responsibility to protect their kids as best they can - with all their might short of jailing them.

But we also have to realize that with the adoption of an amoral culture where the most base adults are free do to and say whatever they choose in front of kids and all around kids, there comes a point where it is impossible protect one's kids.

It is popular today to shout at parents: If don't like it, keep your kids from seeing or hearing it! It is as if parents are the only adults responsible in America for having respect and care for children. It is as if we think parents can serve as absolute jailers for their kids, twenty four hours per day. Everyone else could care less if a kid is around or not when they do things publically that are not good for kids.

It is a no win situation for families so don't be quick to blame parents when our scummy society slimes children. Free people are supposed to have morals and honor to control their own behavior and actions in regard to themselves and others. We don't have that anymore.


5 posted on 02/18/2006 7:59:29 AM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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"At last count, over 55 million people had "space" on the site, including countless teenagers who use their pages to communicate their thoughts on everything from school to music to the opposite sex."

With 55,000,000 people doing ANYTHING together there are are going to be a number of rapes and murders as well as incidents. Sad but true - it's human nature.

There is nothing about Myspace that makes it more dangerous than any other part of the internet where people talk openly about who they are.


6 posted on 02/18/2006 7:59:30 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: tiki

My Space is a great site. It has more positives than negatives. It will be abused just as anything will be abused.
To condemn the entire MySpace concept due to the abuse of a few is ridiculous.


7 posted on 02/18/2006 8:00:13 AM PST by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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Now they allow posters to privatize their sites. They claim that it promotes the privacy and safety of the posters. All it does is keep parents from discovering what little animals their kids are on the Internet.
8 posted on 02/18/2006 8:03:20 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Galveston Grl

I agree. Judeo-Christian society has been under attack for over forty years now and the effects are everywhere. Most parents today are products of this same issue and don't have a clue how to deal with it.


9 posted on 02/18/2006 8:05:22 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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"There is nothing about Myspace that makes it more dangerous than any other part of the internet where people talk openly about who they are."

Agree. Kids and adults have an opportunity to be stupid on millions of personal websites, including yahoo, msn, aol, etc. This has nothing to do with MySpace and everything to do with smearing Murdoch/Fox.


10 posted on 02/18/2006 8:05:32 AM PST by Wage Slave
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Myspace was initially 18+ "Tom" and the other owner lowered the age prior to the sale to Murdoch. Those of us on there did not want kids on the site.

But the site has become more entertainment market driven (with commercial sponsorship of band, tv, dvd, gane, and movie "profile" links.

"Tom" sold the site out before it went to Murdoch. I think the goal was to raise the user base and get the top dollar for it, consequences be damned. Came it at half a billion dollars.

Even at that figure, the site is hardly stable (sometimes it works and sometimes there is heavy maintenance).

Even among adults, there needs to be some skepticism about meeting up with total strangers on myspace (or any online site).

At least one model and photographer met on myspace with the man murdering the woman. And recently the ICP loving hatchet wielding gay bay attacking psycho (who was 18) had a myspace page telling everyone (including his friends) just how nuts he was.

What about Yahoo groups? What about the countless blog sites?

Why do so many kids have webcams?

I won't blame myspace entirely (I don't think they are the sole site although I do believe they were irresponsible). They should be able to block minors from view if you do not know the full name or email of the person with whom you are trying to view. I say this because the code is already implemented (if adults want it for their profiles) to limit who can try to add you as a friend.

Parents should be cautious about where/how their kids use the computer.

Murdoch did not create myspace. He only purchased a pre-existing site that had minors already using it. But then the media will ding him wherever they find a target.

11 posted on 02/18/2006 8:07:05 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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"Parents need to understand that anytime they let their kid go on line alone it's as if they allowed a stranger into their child's bedroom and the stranger closed the door. "

Employing a successful tactic from the war on drugs: The bold absolute lie.


12 posted on 02/18/2006 8:12:16 AM PST by I see my hands (Arguing facts to a liar is like bringing a handshake to a gun fight.)
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To: Galveston Grl

I'm waiting for Viacom to be taken to task for adult content on MTV. They claim that minors don't or shouldn't watch it.


13 posted on 02/18/2006 8:12:57 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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There is nothing about Myspace that makes it more dangerous than any other part of the internet where people talk openly about who they are

When I investigated "myspace" the thing that bothered me, as a parent, was that rather than an innocent blog site (where kids could get into trouble for posting TMI, much like LiveJournal), the site is "layered", and the "browse" feature can allow kids to access pornography without their parents having a clue. I will say, that they have gotten better at "policing" the photos, but some still make it through.

14 posted on 02/18/2006 8:13:50 AM PST by dawn53
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To: RGSpincich

Why not require an adult sponsor (with $1 credit card charge on a non-disposable card) for any minor account?


15 posted on 02/18/2006 8:15:13 AM PST by weegee ("...the left can only take power through deception" -W. Chambers, former mem of Communist Party USA)
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To: weegee
Then they would all claim to be over 18. ;~)

Truth is a disposable commodity on the site and rebellion is in. Maybe this is the cyber 60's...

16 posted on 02/18/2006 8:21:30 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: weegee; MNJohnnie; Wage Slave

I agree that the LEFT will do anything it can to smear Murdoch. However, the left won't smear Murdoch for owning MySpace because they don't think sexual exploitation of children on the internet is a problem.

MySpace has been a vehicle for exploiting of children for a long time, Murdoch new this. He shouldn't have bought it.


17 posted on 02/18/2006 8:24:14 AM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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It's all eGore's fault!


18 posted on 02/18/2006 8:25:20 AM PST by SouthTexas (2006 will be a very good year.)
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To: Wage Slave
My Space is a good starting point to teach your children the dangers of the internet. As in "NO" in my house. Why would I let a pervert get his jollies off on any personal info about my children?

+++The firm says it is dedicating one-third of its approximately 175-employee workforce to "policing and monitoring our site on a 24 hour, seven day-a-week basis to make sure our age requirements are met, and that inappropriate images are not posted to the site. The accounts of users who violate these policies are closed."

Yeah, I'm going to let a room full of strangers dictate what my child is exposed to? I think not.

19 posted on 02/18/2006 8:27:13 AM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: Galveston Grl
It is as if parents are the only adults responsible in America for having respect and care for children.

Maybe there was some truth to Hillary's "It Takes a Village" title.

20 posted on 02/18/2006 8:33:37 AM PST by Amelia (Education exists to overcome ignorance, not validate it.)
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