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Protecting Kids from MySpace

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The children logging onto MySpace are getting younger and younger and communicating with people they have never met. At a meeting Wednesday night, Carmichael Middle School parents said they are most worried about their kids talking to adult strangers.

Carmichael parent Eve Eddy says, "Our kids need to be aware of what to look for and how to protect themself on the internet."

Internet safety teachers say kids should only talk to people they know. They also say parents should get their own MySpace account so they can watch out for their kids. Most of all though, teachers stress parent involvement in their kids MySpace use.

Internet Safety Teacher Diana Patitucci says, "You should have supervision, you should have rules, and you have to have communication with your son or daughter."

Patitucci recommends three websites for concerned parents: Netsmartz Workshop, I-Safe Incorporated, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition. She says these three sites provide valuable information on many different parts of the internet. Patitucci says that it is important kids know that while the internet and MySpace can be valuable tools, they can also be dangerous.