I'm from new york and even though I'm from out of state i STILL read the NY newspapers online. The daily news was always one of my favorite newspapers when i was home and I've recently become obsessed with the NY Times. Well OK enough of that i came across an article in the NY DAILY NEWS and it was about a 12 year old girl who may or may not have been kidnapped but has been missing for a week. I'll post some of it:
A Brooklyn couple fear their 12-year-old granddaughter missing for more than a week may have been baited into danger by an online predator.
Neighbors last saw Juliana Carrozza on Nov. 14 as the girl climbed into the back of a black sedan. The car, possibly a livery cab, peeled off about 5:45 p.m. near her home on Vanderbilt St. in Windsor Terrace.
"She was on MySpace, and we think she got lured into a trap," said her worried grandfather, Vinny Carrozza, 63, who has custody of the girl.
"She went on MySpace a lot, fooling me and my wife," Carrozza said. "She knew how to delete it without us picking it up. The language on there was disgusting for a 12-year-old. There was guys there, too."
OK that's sad, i hope she returns safe and all, but HOLD UP ....keep reading because it gets interesting:
The social-networking site was sued in January by families of several teenage girls, including one from New York, who said they were raped by men they met online.
So we're going to blame myspace because people choose to let computers and televisions raise their children now? I don't understand how these people are blaming electronics for their kids being stupid enough to go out and meet men they don't know,... alone. I understand the purpose of Myspace, its called "Social Networking". Not "keep the kids safe"
I know raising kids is not easy but lets be honest, there are filters on computers that prevent kids from visiting these sites, there are rules "you cant join unless you are 13 or over" there is only so much Tom and his people can do to prevent these kids from danger. As a parent you should be able to accept the fact that your child is a dummy....and you should try to educate them on the dangers of meeting strangers..you should also take full responsibility when something like this happens. They knew damn well she was on myspace if not..they wouldn't be blaming mysapce for her being missing. I would have whipped her ass every time i caught her on the computer NOT doing homework anyway. She's 12, and not able to know NOT to talk to strangers then she has no business on a computer.
DON'T blame myspace and its administrators.
As far as the girls who were raped, yall gonna really blame myspace for meeting strange men on the Internet? seriously? YOU CHOSE to talk to this strange man. YOU CHOSE to give him your phone number. YOU CHOSE to meet him ALONE in some secluded spot. YOU CHOSE to do all of this, blame yourself and your choices. Parents should blame their damn self. Even at 12 i wasnt this naive.
And for REAL SOCIAL NETWORKERS i hope your all smart enough to know that the only socializing you should do is over the Internet and if ever you need to meet someone i hope its for legitimate parties, events, and in well lit places or in a GROUP.
It says MYSPACE: A PLACE FOR FRIENDS! not MYSPACE: a place to meet strangers and try to hang out with them thinking they don't want sex. I'm very suspicious of every ones actions an motives, and i guess being from New York, the first thing i think is, This dude is a rapist..a pervert..not right in the head. *sigh*
Please get a hold of your kids and stop letting computers and other modern day technology raise them....