No space is safe

Four families are suing MySpace for failing to protect teenage users from sexual abuse by adults they met online.

Internet service providers aren’t parenting providers, responds Classical Values.

The essence of the complaint — that My Space is not “safe” — boils down to the undeniable fact that the Internet is not safe.


Nor is the telephone! And nor are the movie theaters, the back seats of the evil automobiles, or the sleazy public streets.

It’s hard to believe MySpace could be held liable for what users do offline.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Thank God they got rid of driveins!

  2. Damn lawyers. 😉

  3. Catch Thirty Thr33 says:

    There is a campaign in this country to stamp out such silly notions as “freewill”, “personal responsibility”, and “consequences”. Those four families are prime examples of this.
    This, sadly, is nothing new. Remember the case of Judas Priest getting hauled into civil court because they allegedly forced two kids to kill themselves by their music? Ozzy Osbourne faced something similar, centering on his song “Suicide Solution” (a song about alcoholism). All of that unfolded in the early 1990s as i recall.

  4. Indigo Warrior says:

    Not to take sides or anything … but had four families instead tried to sue an ISP for failing to protect their anonymity*, the case would be thrown out of court.

    * – or had an ISP “illegally” tried to protect its customers’ anonymity out of a sense of duty and honor, as with Verizon many years ago.

  5. It’s the baby-proofing of America. It goes hand-in-glove with the nanny state.

  6. It’s unrealistic to expect parents to keep up with the latest flavor of electronic contact media. I also do not think that parents who can’t figure out how to unenroll from an email mailing list will be able to make sophisticated judgements about their children’s online behavior. They may sign their children up for online services, but then make no effort to police their kids’ online presence.

    The weak point of any social networking attempt is screening of participants. We have already begun to speak with our kids about the drawbacks of a public online presence. You must assume that anything linked to you online could turn up years later, and deception is the rule, rather than the exception, online. Will these guidelines stick? Who knows? I do know that we are not the norm, that most parents have never thought of these issues.

    I believe that many of the people pushing these businesses are employed by the industry, or have an unduly naive view of human nature.