Officials Reach Agreement That Will Keep Your Children Safer On MySpace

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A new agreement to keep your children safe from online sexual predators.

Kentucky and several other states made the agreement with MySpace, an online networking site, some say is used to prey on teens and children.

WYMT's Angela Sparkman spoke to the Kentucky Attorney General about the agreement.

Attorney General Jack Conway says this will create a safety task force and change MySpace rules.

Now people over 18 can't access pages for kids underage and they'll monitor to make sure no one is lying about their age to get past the rules.

Police, parents, and even kids themselves, think this is a good idea.

Teenager Charlotte Hale says she gets on MySpace everyday.

She uses it to stay in touch with friends she doesn't see often and doesn't mind new safety features.

“I've seen dateline or TV shows that talk about sexual predators and I think it's a good idea,” Hale said.

As both a parent and a high school principal, Ted George believes worries about kids online.

“They don't look at that there's a potential predator out there that's looking for them and trying to make contact with them to do things they shouldn't do,” Ted George, Prestonsburg High School Principal said.

That's exactly why Attorney General Jack Conway says he and other Attorney Generals struck an agreement with MySpace directors.

“While the internet is a wonderful tool, it is also a tool for crime, and too many children are being selected online via the internet. We are limiting the ability of sex offenders to register online,” Conway said.

The agreement actually prevents any adult from contacting someone under 18.

Conway says MySpace will create two different user categories, one for kids under 18 and one for people over 18. People in different groups can't interact easily. They'll also create a safety task force to make sure no one is lying about their age to get by the rules.

“It will make our job just a little bit easier. It's just really hard to combat any other type of internet crime,” Sgt Danny Martin said.

Charlotte Hale says she's always careful online, but thinks this could help potentially save a life.

“I'm okay with the safety measures if it helps keep other girls from predators,” Hale said.

Attorney General Conway says parents shouldn't use this new safety measure as a substitute though.

He says parents should still monitor their kids on MySpace

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