For teens, MySpace is a popular online hangout because the site makes it easy
for them to express themselves and keep in touch with their friends.
As a parent, please consider the following guidelines to help your children
make safe decisions about using online communities.
- Talk to your kids about why they use MySpace, how they communicate
with others and how they represent themselves on MySpace.
- Kids shouldn't lie about how old they are. MySpace members must be
14 years of age or older. We take extra precautions to protect our
younger members and we are not able to do so if they do not identify
themselves as such. MySpace will delete users whom we find to be younger than
14, or those misrepresenting their age.
- MySpace is a public space. Members shouldn't post
anything they wouldn't want the world to know (e.g., phone number, address, IM
screen name, or specific whereabouts). Tell your children they should avoid
posting anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find them, such as
their local hangouts.
- Remind them not to post anything that could embarrass them later
or expose them to danger. Although MySpace is public, teens sometimes
think that adults can't see what they post. Tell them that they shouldn't post
photos or info they wouldn't want adults to see.
- People aren't always who they say they are. Ask your children to
be careful about adding strangers to their friends list. It's fun to
connect with new MySpace friends from all over the world, but members should
be cautious when communicating with people they don't know. They should talk
to you if they want to meet an online friend in person, and if you think it's
safe, any meeting should take place in public and with friends or a trusted
- Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be
reported. If your kids encounter inappropriate behavior, let them
know that they can let you know, or they should report it to MySpace or the
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