Wondering if your teenagers have ever tried drugs, are drinking alcohol, use profanity, or have friends who do?
There's an easy way to find out- Just check out their profiles on Myspace, Facebook, Xanga, Friendster, Bebo or My Yearbook. Though some teens have learned not to use their real names as titles it is easy to find them by searching using a nickname, their zip code and their age. Once you find your teen's site you can read their friends' comments, see the pictures they have posted and you have a peek into their world. You might be surprised at what you discover.
These sites are the equivalent on cyber Spring break- no adults (many teens believe), no rules, no restrictions and check your conscience at the door.
Is Myspace and the like neutral? Merely a tool than can be used or misused? I don't think so. Humans learn by imitation. When a young teen immerses him or herself in a world that glamorizes rebellion, rock and roll, rap, drug use, alcohol, and impure and suggestive poses your mind becomes imprinted with these images and values.
The tainting of Myspace with pornography is easily experienced with just a few minutes. Naturally the presence of 100 million members is an attractive audience to pornographers.
According to Wikipedia, Playboy in the June of 2006 issue featured a nude photo display called "Women of Myspace".
Some private schools are banning Myspace websites for their students. Colleges and employers are checking profiles to find out what candidates are really like and more importantly what values they hold.