ADOTAS — As I said before, despite law enforcements’ rants about age verification, social networks would have to do background checks on every user in order to stop some of the abuses.
In Wisconsin, an 18-year-male student allegedly posed as a girl on Facebook, tricked male classmates into sending naked photos of themselves and then blackmailed them for sex. Obviously, the older male has mental issues, he also phoned in a bomb threat, which is how he was caught, and you wonder what his parents or guardians were doing.
Now for the victims, some as young as 15, kids sometimes to stupid things. (I know I did). But in an age where the Internet exposes anyone, parents have to be more involved in what their kids are doing online. It’s like leaving the front door open and believing nothing bad will happen. Eventually it will.
While Facebook and MySpace deal with the uproar over sex predators, is it time to consider kicking youngsters off social networks that don’t have foolproof identity verfication?
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