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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  • by Angie Location: Kentucky on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    I think it does have it's advantages but at the same time some people have children who in other states and myspace is how they communicate and the same way with out of state family members. I think that children should be allowed to talk to thier parents, aunts, uncles, granparents and other family members. How are we supose to do that?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    I agree with Jessica and Tara. My boyfriend is 16 and I'm 19...how'm I supposed to access his profile? This will never work. Meanwhile, why are parents letting 12 year olds even have a Myspace? It's not the government's job to pick up the slack of parents that don't watch and warn their kids.
  • by Jessica Location: Floyd County on Jan 15, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    I also think this is a great idea...However, I have 2 sisters that are still in high school..They have to come up with something for situations like this.
  • by Tara Location: Walton on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    I think this is a great idea! But I do have some cousins that are under 18 that are in my friends list, and I feel that I should be able to talk and contact them if I want. They are my family....
  • by Wanda Whitehead Location: Accident @ Hallie on Jan 14, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    Does anyone know any more about the man killed at Hallie today?

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