Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Who was signed onto MySpace.com with your teen?

... Well according to http://www.myspace.com/ more than 29,000 registered sex offenders.
Earlier this spring, the very popular social networking site claimed they had found 7,000 registered sex offenders on its site. Today, the North Carolina attorney general's office, said the News Corp.-owned social-networking site actually put the number at more than four times that 7,000 number - 29,000.
MySpace.com began checking its registered-user list against a database of registered sex offenders, after several high-profiled crimes and court cases.
"That number includes just the predators who signed up using their real names, and not the ones who failed to register or used fake names, or who haven't been convicted," wrote the North Carolina Attorney General, who is one of several attorneys generals, including Massachusetts', working to slap restrictions on social networks.
MySpace said the 29,000 names have been deleted from its servers.

Bay State Parent magazine published an award-winning special report on sex offenders and online predators in its October 2006 issue. To read the report, visit: http://www.baystateparent.com/news/2006/1001/Front_Page/ and click on Archived Articles.
The magazine has also published several follow-ups to this issue, including this one in May: http://www.baystateparent.com/news/2007/0501/Articles/010.html
We will continue to stay on top of this important issue.

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