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Parent Education Key to MySpace Safety
Teen ethics speaker Chuck Gallagher gives parents tips for keepin kids safe on social networking sites.
"Parents need to be aware of what social networking is to begin to comprehend how to protect their children," Gallagher, 50, motivational speaker and founder of the Choices Foundation in Southlake, Texas said. "It is easy for kids to fall prey to (online) fraud, and hard for parents to monitor."
The non-profit foundation educates young people on the importance of ethics and the consequences of bad choices to make more productive adults in business, according to the foundation's Internet site.
In a Jan. 18 press release, Gallagher saluted MySpace.com for reaching an agreement with the attorneys general of 49 states earlier this month to better protect young adults from online predators and fraud.
MySpace is the most popular social networking site with millions of members worldwide, according to the site. Facebook is another popular site that allows members to share pictures, videos, journal entries and music.
According to the agreement, MySpace will develop policies allowing parents to submit their children's email addresses so MySpace can prevent anyone using those addresses from setting up profiles, making the default setting "private" for profiles of 16- and 17-year-olds, promising to respond within 72 hours to inappropriate content complaints and committing more staff and/or resources to review and classify photographs and discussion groups.
"This agreement is a promising step toward an industry gold standard for social networking safety," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a Jan. 14 release announcing the agreement. "This agreement reflects my longstanding, deeply held belief that the industry must aim higher to keep kids safer. I urge others-social networking sites, technology companies, nonprofits-to support these principles and join the task force."
Prior to the changes, such sites created a "perfect storm" for sexual predators and others engaged in online fraud to prey on users, Gallagher said.
The three components perpetrators use to commit offenses consist of a need, opportunity and a rationalization for committing the act, Gallagher said.
"MySpace is working to eliminate the opportunity," Gallagher said.
In order to better prepare children to cope with Internet safety, Gallagher suggests parents come out of their comfort zones to learn about the sites and how their children use them.
"Parents teach by recalling the experiences they had (growing up)," Gallagher said. "It doesn't even connect with pre-teen and teenage parents (in their late 30s and early 40s) that there is something to talk about."
Children can be especially duped by online fraud because they experience a false sense of security as they interact with others online while in the safety of their own homes, Gallagher said.
"They assume they are safe and feel (interacting online) is safe," Gallagher said. "That is where the difference is."
Gallagher said offering logical advice about talking to strangers, as you would sending a child out into the physical world, could provide the best defense against those online looking for easy prey.
"(Perpetrators) are fishing and are using the best bait they can find in a pond stocked with fish," Gallagher said. "The pond has changed (from the past) and the lures are much different."
Simply banning young people from using the sites or going online may end up backfiring on parents as kids attempt to engage in a taboo activity like previous generations have, Gallagher said.
"It may be placing a greater importance on being online than it deserves," Gallagher said.
As the younger generation becomes parents, they will be able to better prepare their children for the challenge of online safety because they will understand the medium more, according to Gallagher.
"As time goes on, (a new generation of parents) will be conscious of the technology and the ways it can be used," Gallagher said.