Myspace, AG's to protect kids on the net

Oklahoma City_Oklahoma is stepping up in internet safety in a move to protect kids.  Attorney General Drew Edmonson says agreed to work with nearly all 50 US States to protect children from internet predators.

The agreement between the social networking site and attorneys general across the US calls for Myspace to work together on an internet safety technical task force.  Myspace says it wants to make its virtual neighborhood as safe as possible.  "Today's announcement is a landmark step forward in providing new protections for teenage members of social networking sites...", says Myspace Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam.

The agreement between the website and 49 states creates a set of rules that prevents sexual predators from misusing it.  Under the terms of the agreement, Myspace has agreed to add several protections, and limit the amount of information available to would be child predators.

Under the agreement, Myspace agreed to:

  • Better identify and expunge inappropriate images
  • Sever any links between pornographic web sites and Myspace
  • Make it harder for adults to contact children on the site
  • Provide a way to report abuse, and respond quickly to abuse reports
  • Create a closed "high school section" for users under 18

"The internet can be a dangerous place for children and young adults with sexual predators surfing social networking sites in search of potential victims," says New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram.  Law enforcement officials have been seeking greater controls for social networking sites, but say nothing can be as effective as an informed and involved parent.

This agreement comes after two years of negotiations between Myspace and the attorneys general.  Edmonson says it should go a long way toward protecting Oklahoma kids.