We all know the dangers of letting children (or even childish adults) wander around on social networking sites without supervision. Issues like cyber bullying and cyber stalking are things we hear about everyday, but an even scarier subject is one that involves sexual predators. How do you know that the nice 14-year-old girl your daughter met on MySpace is really a nice 14-year-old girl?
That's exactly what worried Connecticut's state attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who successfully pressured MySpace to increase its security standards. Because of Blumenthal, 90,000 MySpace accounts, which were held by convicted sexual offenders, were deactivated. This has been an ongoing battle between Blumenthal and MySpace, who initially refused to give up the information due to federal privacy laws.
Since I grew up in such a technological age, I've been aware of the dangers behind the computer screen from day one, but unfortunately not everyone is so lucky. Do your children know about online safety?