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Old 06-06-2007, 07:17 PM   #11
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Default Re: MySpace: Why are people so naive?

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This is an opinionated mini-rant on MySpace and how people(mainly kids/teens) can be so stupid with it. You may hate me for this, but there you go.

One thing that really grinds my gears are these My Space-related sexual assualt cases on girls and how people are blaming MySpace for their issues. I am not saying the rapes are the girls' fault, the crime is sickening and it cannot be justified in anyway, but It really sickens me how they(the victims) don't have the common sense to realize: "Okay, this is a guy I never met in person, I should be careful". I just can't believe how naive people can be. It's so easy to make a doctored photo and fake your age.

Once again, I am not justifying the rape/crime in anyway. The person who commits it is sick and should be punished severely, but you have to admit that in a way the victim brought it on themselves for being so foolish.

A family in Texas sued MySpace because one of the girls in the family got stupid and decided to meet a guy SHE NEVER MET PERSONALLY BEFORE and misrepresented her age (Said she was 18 instead of 13). What happened? She got sexually assaulted. What was the ruling? The case was dismissed and the family got squat. I feel sorry for the girl, but she (or her family for that matter) couldn't be that dumb enough to not play it safe.
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One final time, I AM NOT JUSTIFYING RAPE CRIMES. They are terrible, sick acts. I'm just asking why people are so foolish with it. MySpace upped the safety measures, but they can only do so much. They're not going to stop the kids from going out and personally meeting people they don't know. That's up to the kids having the common sense and parents taking precautions.
I absolutely agree with you.

People have sent around chain mails that say stuff that's stupid to do on myspace. One of which reguards kids being "under the age" which you are allowed on. The age to be on Myspace was 16, but now has been lowered to 14. It says "adults, don't blame your kid is a ***** because of myspace" or something like that.

Yes Myspace might have been how some people work, but NO ONE can keep blaming them for EVERY LITTLE THING! I think that Rape Crimes are wrong, but we can all prevent them by doing two things, USING COMMON SENSE, and BEING CAREFUL!
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:24 PM   #12
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What do ya do in cases were parents do not monitor there kids internet activity, you blame them. I keep all my kids in check and even my 9 year old who is new to the internet world will not get a myspace page until she is old enough and learns about all the threats out there. There is to many guys and even women out there looking for possible victims to prey on.

Back in the days you could let your kid go down the street with no problems, now you have to watch. And now you have to take caution and teach them everything about the internet and what to do and not to do, just liking teaching them what to look out for at the park. Internet has become a part of everyday life as going to the park and you have to double your work load on teaching them everything for both areas. Being a parent is not easy but you must take every precaution to protect your child without taking to much away but keeping them safe and giving them the knowledge they need to help.

I have 5 kids, 3 on myspace, 1 learning the internet now, and 1 well heck she running around crapping in diapers.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:32 PM   #13
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What do ya do in cases were parents do not monitor there kids internet activity, you blame them. I keep all my kids in check and even my 9 year old who is new to the internet world will not get a myspace page until she is old enough and learns about all the threats out there. There is to many guys and even women out there looking for possible victims to prey on.

Back in the days you could let your kid go down the street with no problems, now you have to watch. And now you have to take caution and teach them everything about the internet and what to do and not to do, just liking teaching them what to look out for at the park. Internet has become a part of everyday life as going to the park and you have to double your work load on teaching them everything for both areas. Being a parent is not easy but you must take every precaution to protect your child without taking to much away but keeping them safe and giving them the knowledge they need to help.

I have 5 kids, 3 on myspace, 1 learning the internet now, and 1 well heck she running around crapping in diapers.
Chrono, I'm with you. I have 3 kids. One has a my space, one doesn't really care about the internet unless he has homework, and the other is like your little one - running around crapping in diapers. The oldest gets monitored and occassionally I will check her myspace for photo content and message content. Some days I think she just wants to ignore that those "type" of people exist in this world.

Back in the day, I remember leaving the house during the day and only coming home to eat lunch - if that. Then we'd come home when we heard our mom's radar tone voice yell it was time for dinner. Man those were the days. Who went and screwed that up?
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Old 06-07-2007, 01:56 AM   #14
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Interesting discussion...

I am 36, and have a myspace page.

Why? Because there was a discussion about how myspace helps weave pastors into a community.

My thoughts now? I am looking for how to cancel myspace. All I get is porn spam, spam to help me make things enlarged... etc.

I can see how kids would love it, but I really don't have a need for it.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:07 AM   #15
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Interesting discussion...

I am 36, and have a myspace page.

Why? Because there was a discussion about how myspace helps weave pastors into a community.

My thoughts now? I am looking for how to cancel myspace. All I get is porn spam, spam to help me make things enlarged... etc.

I can see how kids would love it, but I really don't have a need for it.
Go to edit profile, account settings, cancel account.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:17 AM   #16
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Maybe this will shed some light on why the site is so popular... For anyone who actually uses it to keep up with friends and not just have one because everyone else does it is a really good tool and far superior to email. While email is sufficient for keeping in contact with people, myspace makes it really easy not to just keep in contact with them but share everything with them. You can represent yourself through pictures, blogs, put videos you like on and share everything you love with your friends. An example of a great reason that taking it to the next level is extremely beneficial is if you live in Pittsburgh and have a friend who moves to California you can still do activities with them as opposed to just writing them. They can see things you have done through pictures like taking trips, or going to sports events or w/e. While you can do all of these things through email it is much more convenient to put it on a singular page where all of your contacts can reach it and it can be saved. Private messaging maintains the privacy of emails and comments provide an instant message element to the experience. I am a journalism student and use my blog page to post and display my work and get feedback on it. There are a lot of sport trash talking myspaces made just for talking sports and bashing other fans - much like this board... So you see, myspace has many uses that other sites have, just rolled into one place. That was the big deal when it first started to gain popularity and why it?s been able to stay alive and not die out.
My question here is - why would any sane person WANT to share "everything" with strangers they meet in cyberspace? You don't know who is really behind that computer screen and in this day and age, I would think it isn't very wise to be putting yourself out there like that.

I don't have a MySpace account and don't want one. I have enough "real life" friends and acquaintances that I don't need an online tree house.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:24 AM   #17
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My question here is - why would any sane person WANT to share "everything" with strangers they meet in cyberspace? You don't know who is really behind that computer screen and in this day and age, I would think it isn't very wise to be putting yourself out there like that.

I don't have a MySpace account and don't want one. I have enough "real life" friends and acquaintances that I don't need an online tree house.
I agree with you. Thats why with my page I have it set up so that only my friends can see my profile. I have the rule of thumb of, if I dont know you...I wont add you. All the people I have listed as friends are actual friends from high school, college, and from after college. You have to be safe. Its insane how many times I get friend requests from people right out of the blue, who Ive never heard of or met. Its really kinda disturbing.

Like I said, I have a page and I like it to keep in touch with people. Its a lot easier then email, and its good to keep in touch with real friends so you can see whats going on in eachothers lives. By no means am i defending the kiddie porn people, or the child molestors that have come from MySpace. But I do think it is a useful tool. I think it all comes down to responsible people making responsible, grown up decisions.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:27 AM   #18
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My question here is - why would any sane person WANT to share "everything" with strangers they meet in cyberspace? You don't know who is really behind that computer screen and in this day and age, I would think it isn't very wise to be putting yourself out there like that.

I don't have a MySpace account and don't want one. I have enough "real life" friends and acquaintances that I don't need an online tree house.
Agreed. I saw my sister's site and there is all kinds of photos and other personal info out there. I don't want my stuff out there in the public. I still find it kind of vain...which is par for the course these days, anyway with blogs and such.

To each his/her own, I guess.
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I agree with you. Thats why with my page I have it set up so that only my friends can see my profile. I have the rule of thumb of, if I dont know you...I wont add you. All the people I have listed as friends are actual friends from high school, college, and from after college. You have to be safe. Its insane how many times I get friend requests from people right out of the blue, who Ive never heard of or met. Its really kinda disturbing.

Thats what I am talking about. My sister gets these random requests for friend adds every day...a ton of them. Sometimes they are older guys (and she's married!) and 99.9% of the requests are people she doesn't know. What's the point of that?

I see this line a lot "Thanks for the add!" which I find kind of funny.
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Personally I hate MySpace. I use Facebook because it's much more exclusive and mature. It's handy because as my friends go off to different colleges I can keep in touch with them more easily.

The big thing I like about Facebook is that another person from your network (school, workplace, city) must verify that you really are from that network. That drives out most of the fake accounts and there is almost no spam.
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