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MySpace and Teenage Guidelines

(Otherwise known as Cruel Mom and MySpace Girl)

As the cruel mom in this story, I most point out, that the “teenage victim” of the very same story happens to be the twelve-year-old daughter of the cruel mom. One day, the cruel mom was sneaking evilly by MySpace Girl’s sparkling clean room just waiting to find something wrong when what should she discover? MySpace Girl had left a website on her computer. It happened to be her MySpace account. Unfortunately, this cruel mom was familiar with MySpace Rules and Teenage Guidelines and knew that MySpace Girl had finally broken a rule and she could punish MySpace Girl horribly. For you see, according to MySpace rules, you are required to be at least fourteen to have an account. They also have a policy that if you are found to not be telling the truth about your age when you are either under fourteen or between the ages of fourteen and seventeen, then they will investigate and remove the account. In addition, “cruel, mean, and evil” parents do have the right to remove their children’s accounts at any time. To find out ways to do this (which only cruel mean and evil parents would do), look in the MySpace FAQ (for cruel, mean and evil parents).

Well, to continue this story, the cruel mom sat down with MySpace Girl and made her remove every picture and comment that MySpace Girl had written. Then cruel mom shocked because cruel mom showed MySpace Girl how easy it was to use just the information that MySpace Girl had put on MySpace to find out home addresses, phone numbers, schools…Then, cruel mom pulled up news stories of young daughters who didn’t have such cruel moms and what had happened. MySpace Girl came to realize that she did not have such a cruel mom after all. Actually, MySpace Girl decided that she might become a “cruel mom” one day, too!

Thankfully, the above “fairy tale” has a happy ending. Today, we read too many stories on the news that do not have such conclusions. Sexual predators have been prevalent throughout history; however, we do not see the dark dangerous alley when we are chatting on a computer from the safety of our bedroom. It is also much easier to fool someone with a chat window than in real life.

One of the best ways to help teach our children about general safety on the internet and particularly tools such as MySpace is to talk with them. Show them your MySpace account, if you have one. When they turn fourteen, help them set one up—you are involved in it, then. You can guide them in the right direction. MySpace has fantastic videos, both for parents and teens about all aspects of this site. They are well worth watching and discussing. Be an informed parent and an informed teen; do not be surprised by a MySpace girl or guy in your home! MySpace and are available for everyone as a wonderful social tool in today’s Internet world! Enjoy and Be Safe!

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  1. 4 Comment(s)

  2. By Dartz on May 22, 2008 | Reply

    Parents with backbones, I LOVE it.

  3. By dreamr802 on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Wow that’s great that you did that to protect your daughter and at least she understands why you did it. My parents never checked on our myspace or facebook accounts but then again they didn’t become popular until I was 18. But still, it’s great that you looked on her account and saw what she had been doing.

  4. By Online Security on Jun 17, 2008 | Reply

    I wish more parents would watch out for there children like you did. Good job!

    Online Securitys last blog post..Journal Entry: You Have My Permission to… NOT… “Click Here”

  5. By My space is full of it on Sep 25, 2008 | Reply

    My space is full of it with their “investigation” into underage users. My boyfriend’s daughter is 16 and put on her myspace that she was 18 years old. She did state in her about me that she loved being underage. I contacted myspace so that they would make her change it to her correct age and they said there was no “difinitive proof” that she was underage. I pointed out that she said so herself and they said that the user was not underage and that she was not violating their terms of service. MYSPACE is irresponsible and should be legally responsible when underage kids get into trouble from acting like adults on their service.

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