Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MySpace Faces Age-Old Web Problem

Wired News: "At MySpace.com and many other popular online hangouts, a 30-something woman can celebrate her Sweet 16 over and over with just a click of the mouse. A 12-year-old can quickly mature to meet the sites' minimum age requirements, generally 14, while an adult looking to chat with teens can virtually shed several years.
With heightened concerns over sexual predators lurking at so-called social-networking sites, state attorneys general have called for such communities, particularly MySpace, to improve age and identity checks. If only it were so easy, experts say.
'We're all just grasping for solutions,' said Anne Collier, co-author of the forthcoming MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely. 'We haven't fully researched it and thought about all the implications.'"

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