On Probation, Sex Offenders Troll MySpace
Although individuals on probation require meeting with their parole officer, and might be required to wear an ankle bracelet, who is watching what they do online? A local news team in Lubbock, Texas, found that six local men convincted of being sex offenders were routinely trolling MySpace and even had their own profile. Some were still on probation.
In Lubbock, after you are convicted of a sex offence you must register your name and face for life with a city registry. There is no such legislation yet for the Internet, but it seems like they are contemplating it:
However, we spoke with State Representatives Carl Isett, Delwin Jones and Senator Robert Duncan. They all believe added restrictions are needed. For example, Isett, Jones, and Duncan believe any sex offender using social networking sites should prominently display they are a sex offender for anyone to see. The issue may be discussed at the next legislative session that starts in January.See Also
Social networking sites requiring people to display what their sex offender status is? Sounds good in principle, but I just don’t see how enforceable this is. I’m not sure what the answer is, but its good to see that some journalists are breaking down the social networking wall to see where these perverts are hiding.
Tony Hung is the editor of the BlogHerald. He is also a physician finishing his last year of residency in General Internal Medicine, and blogs at Deep Jive Interests , where he rants, occasionally, on new media topics.
Myspace is some scary stuff and my kids wonder why I won’t let them on there. We really can’t stop them from accessing such sites but we can try and stop our children. Scares the crap out of me how easy it is for them to access children…
Myspace has just grown way to big and there really is no way to monitor a social networking site that is that big. So any site or service that is this big will always find people good and bad.
i dont like myspace any more and i dont understand why the guy tom doesnt delete the whole website because all these people r getting killed and familys r getting hurt…and i cant take it any more this is redicules