Or as I like to call them, Massholes. (Relax, I’m just kidding.)
Anyway, your Attorney General Tom Reilly is calling on MySpace to beef up their security when it comes to minors. He’s making some good and some not so good requests.
First, he wants MySpace to change its minimum user age to 18. I have no problem with that but he doesn’t say how MySpace should do that. I suggest credit card number validations. That won’t keep every minor out but it will keep most of them out.
He also wants every MySpace page equipped with a “Report Inappropriate Content” link. That’s actually a great idea.
He wants MySpace to respond to all reports of inappropriate content within 24 hours and significantly increase the number of employees who review images and content. Sounds reasonable. Newscorp does have assloads of cash.
He wants MySpace to immediately remove all advertisements and other MySpace-sponsored content that are inappropriate for children. Yeah, that’ll happen.
And lastly like the Conn. AG he wants MySpace to offer free, downloadable software that allows parents to block the use of MySpace. I don’t think that should be MySpace’s responsibility. With just a little knowledge any parent can have MySpace blocked on their computer.
AG Reilly is also trying to educate parents…
As part of an effort to enhance parental awareness of online safety for children, AG Reilly’s Office is leading a series of workshops throughout Massachusetts to educate parents about the dangers that children face when using the Internet. Today AG Reilly will conduct an Internet Safety program for parents in Weymouth warning them of the potential dangers that exist when their children use the Internet.
How many parents actually attend these workshops remains to be seen. My guess is there won’t be enough.