Safety Tips for MySpace Users-Part One

There are some very positive things about using MySpace. People can connect, express themselves and make new friends.  Unfortunately, MySpace can also be a dangerous place to be.

People who use MySpace may be publicly embarrassed or even worse may put themselves in danger.  If you or your children plan to use MySpace or already doing so there a few tips that may come in handy.

Always remember that everything shared on MySpace is out there for everyone to see.  This means that you are sharing private information with people who pose no threat and also with those who could prove to be dangerous.

If there are things you don’t want everyone to know, do not post them on MySpace. Also, think twice before you give out your phone number, home or business address, specific whereabouts or IM screen names.

You may not want to give out information that tells people where you will be at a certain time.  It’s great to be able to tell your friends where to meet but just remember that this information will be going out to everyone who has access to MySpace.

There may be times when you read things on MySpace that are inappropriate or contain harassing comments or hate speech.  Do not hesitate to report these kinds of things.  You can discuss the inappropriate materials with an adult and then report them to either MySpace or the authorities.

These safety tips should help keep you and other MySpace users a little safer when you use the site.

3 thoughts on “Safety Tips for MySpace Users-Part One

  1. Catch Up Lady

    This is great stuff, I hope kids are reading this! The MySpace safety tips page also has some more great links and resources. I also like the Cybertipline to report things (or people!) I find online – more people that know about that the better!

  2. Brad

    Thanks a lot. I appreciated the feedback.

    What other sites have you found helpful, let us know and we’ll add them to our links and resources page, which is coming soon.

    Are you a MySpace user or parent of a MySpace user?

    Please share this website with other parents who might be concerned about their kid’s online activities.

  3. Catch Up Lady

    No problem – there are so many great ones out there. My go-to site is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, they’re the ones that run the Cybertipline I mentioned before, and I also enjoy their NetSmartz curriculum for younger kids. The MySpace Parents Safety page (which you don’t need to sign up to view) also has great resources.

    I’m a MySpace user, I think that a large part of being a citizen of the online community is making sure others know about safety resources – your blog is great. 😀

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