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.
"Kids endangered at Murdoch-owned MySpace"
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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.
"is wholly owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which also owns the Fox News Channel."
So what? Completely irrelevent smear job.
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.
"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.
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.
It's all eGore's fault!
I have two daughters who use this site and I can tell you that there is absolutely no doubt that bad people frequent that place trolling and that they alllow about all they can in the way of decadent behavior....especially yiung angst, dope talk, mutilation and young homoerotic indulging
I can keep them off it at home but not elsewhere if they wish to see it.
It's a problem that is blowback from technology that has yet to be resolved.
That said....it's not hard to see why kids like it.
Are you familiar with the site?
(father of four)
I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what Rupert Murdoch's ownership of MySpace has to do with stupid teenagers posting more information there than they should.
If there are really 55 million users, then this is one of the most successful site on the internet. Individuals are responsible for what they post there, and parents should monitor their children's use of such sites, or bar them from using them.
Check what your child is doing on the internet, parents!
In San Antonio this week, some fifteen year old girls skipped school to hook up with some guys they met on myspace. The girls were drugged and raped, then dumped off at their school in an incoherent state.
They are lucky they weren't murdered, and dumped under a bridge somewhere.
On the news they showed the dad of the 22 year old rapist, and he was defending his son's actions-yikes.
Before that we panic over "rock and roll," comic books, and the silver screen.
...A website that encourages young people to post personal information about themselves and has been linked to a series of rapes and other crimes by sexual predators is wholly owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which also owns the Fox News Channel...
I admit I don't know much about MySpace... I just saw the Murdoch/FNC tie-in and am calling it to your attention...
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Is it just my imagination, or do conservatives invoke the name Rupert Murdoch in the same way liberals invoke the name Karl Rove? I guess that everyone's got to have a Bogeyman.
The kids who are disclosing information know they shouldn't. They read that everywhere they go online, and it's taught in every computer class in school. They're looking for thrills, as some teenagers through time have always done.
Myspace.com by itself isn't dangerous; if the kids go out and meet someone they have been conversing with on myspace.com, they put themselves in danger. I'm sure there are plenty of kids on that website who know better than to do something stupid like that.