Police warn parents about myspace.com

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies, Media

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico are warning parents to keep tabs on their kids activity on MySpace when a man was arrested for statutory rape after meeting a 15-year-old girl at the social networking site. While no other details are available, alocal television station reported that the man gave police two different birth dates that make him either 18 or 24 years old.  Meanwhile another man was arrested on the East Coast for trying to lure a 13-year-old girl into sex using the same site. Apparently his profile on MySpace made him appear to be much younger.

How sad is it that these stories don't surprise me? We've posted several stories about Internet safety for kids, potential dangers and tidbits of information about how kids are actually using the Web. The Albuquerque attorney general's office recommends that parents consider purchasing software that allows them to monitor their kid's online use. That's fine when your children are at home, but what about at school? or at a friend's house?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.