June 22, 2006

Mom Sues MYSPACE.COM

Parents, if you are not familiar with the Internet site called “MYSPACE.COM” you should be! It is one of the hottest sites on the Internet today and is frequented by millions of subscribers most of whom seem to be teens and pre-teens.
On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything overtly harmful but it is a gateway to an adventure in music, videos, essays, chat rooms, commercials and all manner of hodge-podge for which there seems to be few rules.
The greatest harm immediately present is that nasty men with one thing on their minds are using the sight to surreptitiously meet young girls. You can figure out the rest.
Currently, a mother has filed a 30 million dollar suit against the Internet site for not providing enough protections to the kids who frequent this site. I grant they do share some responsibility for such things but for crying out loud, where is parental oversight and responsibility?
This mother’s 13 year old met a 19 year old on the site (believing him to be a high school student) and went out with him to a movie. Afterwards, he sexually assaulted her. There are numerous reports of the same scenario over and over again.
But hold on here. What is this 13 year old doing out on a “date” with anyone of any age? And even though the 13 year old didn’t know the guy was 19, I can tell you no child of mine, male or female, would have been able to pull something like this.
I kind of hope the Internet site counter sues this mother for parental stupidity and child endangerment.
The family’s lawyer, Adam Loewy, said, "MySpace is more concerned about making money than protecting children online." Wow, talk about the kettle calling the pot black…
At any rate, once again I say, “Parents, START parenting!!!” If you can’t control what your children are doing on line, then get rid of the computer; it’s not an unalienable right! And for heaven’s sake, if you don’t have to the sense to know what proper bounds might be for your teen’s and pre-teen’s adventures in life, ASK someone who seems to have children that are respectful and “together.”
But here’s a rule of thumb you can take to the bank: In this day and age, there is no such thing as a 13 year old who is ready to “date” anyone of any age—period!
Just what age might that be? Well now, that’s for another day.

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