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Myspace Used to Protect Others from Online Predators

Posted by familydynamics on January 2, 2008

Since the internet has become a haven for online predators, some local law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of the growing social networking site Myspace. Myspace has a long track record of being the playground for sexual predators and other social deviants.

Gibson County is the first local law enforcement agency and one of a growing number of agencies nationwide to create department accounts on MySpace, which purports to have more than 300 million profiles and is increasingly popular with children and teenagers.

A Pew Internet & American Life Project study released this month found 64 percent of all teens used it or similar Web sites to post videos, photos, blog entries or other content online.

Brad Garnett, the Gibson County deputy sheriff who spearheaded the effort and now maintains the department’s profile page, likens it to a marked patrol car parked along a busy highway. While that presence has a direct effect on the number of speeders, Garnett said the department’s presence on MySpace could lessen the number of child predators, particularly those who target children who have the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department listed among their friends.

Let’s hope other law enforcement agencies soon follow Gibson County’s example.

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