Anybody who thinks My Space is safe and tame should read the following written by a mother.
It originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2006Testing the Bounds of MySpace
A writer learns a lot from an experiment with the popular social networking site -- especially about her 13-year-old daughter.
By Catherine Saillant
Times Staff Writerhttp://tinyurl.com/rrwmj
|I've covered murders, grisly accidents, airplanes falling out of the sky and, occasionally, dirty politics.
But in nearly two decades of journalism, nothing has made my insides churn like seeing what my 13-year-old daughter and her friends are up to on MySpace.com.
Here's a bulletin I recently found posted to her site:
"OMG! Add this hott guy! He will whore the first 20 people added to his friends list…. Add him! You can do it in his van!"
Loosely translated, the teenage girl was "pimping" a teenage boy, shown smooching his guitar, as a potential new friend — or more — for my daughter. If Taylor added him to her MySpace "friends" list, the tousled-hair teen would be able to look at her website and send messages to her.
The soliciting girl made the pitch to all 245 of her own "friends" with a simple keystroke.
In the MySpace world, this is called a "whore code." It's a mild — very mild — example of the coarse language and often profane messages that are plastered all over the social networking site like graffiti on bathroom walls.
It was this coarseness and an abject lack of manners (not to mention extremely poor grammar) that bothered me the most as I entered the second month of a deal that I had worked out with my often headstrong daughter.
It's an interesting article. I think the daughter manipulates mom and mom is too weak to counter it.
I think that for kids who are more peer oriented, than parent oriented (looking to family for guidance) this kind of thing can be more of a Pandora's box of problems. Unfortunately, most (not all) kids (IMO) fall under that category.