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More MySpace Overreaction

More MySpace Overreaction

A writer for the LA Times writes about what her 13 year old was up to on MySpace:

I’ve covered murders, grisly accidents, airplanes falling out of the sky and, occasionally, dirty politics. But in nearly two decades of journalism, nothing has made my insides churn like seeing what my 13-year-old daughter and her friends are up to on MySpace.com.

As I’ve written before here on Blog Herald, MySpace is nothing more than an online version of what teenagers back in my small town of 2400 used to do after school on a street corner, or down at the school parking lot, or out behind the baseball field. Granted, there’s more folks on MySpace than in my hometown by far.. but there’s little that I couldn’t do within my small circle of friends that I can do on MySpace.

Including sharing obscene pictures, arranging for sex, swapping stories about boys and girls, arranging dates, or getting drugs.

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Honestly, the MySpace overreaction in the media is getting a little old.

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  • The big difference is that with MySpace, suddenly parents can see teenagers doing this stuff. And sometimes there are predators checking it out.

    But mostly it’s just like what the author wrote:

    Looking back, I realize that my reaction had little to do with the primping photographs of young girls, creepy “bulletins,” and occasional foul language that I found on her site.

    It was more the shock of discovering a different Taylor, a cool-teen version of the girl who used to cuddle up on the couch and watch cooking shows with me.

    Parents aren’t ready to see their children that way. That’s ultimately where the whole blowup over MySpace comes from.

  • The parents reaction is reasonable. Postings in mypace suddently expose children to predators from all over world. That’s no contest to a parking lot.

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