MySpace

What is it?

MySpace is all about social networking, expressing your interests and creativity, and meeting new friends online.

How does it work?

You join MySpace and receive a webpage to do with what you like. Once your friends find your page, a note appears in their 'Friend's Space' section. You can click on any of your friends' pictures to go to their space. Users have the ability to block others from being their friends.

Why is MySpace useful?

MySpace is a great place to meet with friends, and share photos and stories.

What do you need to keep in mind if your children are on MySpace?*

Talk to your kids about why they use MySpace, how they communicate with others, and how they represent themselves. Kids shouldn't lie about how old they are. MySpace members must be 14 years of age or older. MySpace take extra precautions to protect younger members and is not able to do so if they do not identify themselves as such. MySpace is a public space. Members shouldn't post anything they wouldn't want the world to know (eg phone number, address). Remind them not to post anything that could embarrass them later or expose them to danger. People aren't always who they say they are. Ask your children to be careful about adding strangers to their friends' list. They should talk to you if they want to meet an online friend in person, and if you think its safe, any meeting should take place in public with a trusted adult present. Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported. If your children encounter inappropriate behaviour, let them know that they should let you know and you will help them report it to MySpace and the police if necessary. *Source: MySpace.com

Want to know more?

Visit the MySpace website for more information.

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