MySpace and online safety

Earlier this week I spoke to the Gifted and Talented Advisory Board (parents) about online safety, MySpace, Facebook, and Web 2.0 tools. My Web 2.0 journey is here and my online safety tips are here.

I was pleased to read from the Shifted Librarian how MySpace has teamed up with the Illinois Library Association to promote online safety and produced some nice looking and up beat bookmarks. Also promoted over on the YALSA blog.

Also good to read in the recent Pew Internet Report about teens and social networking that:

The majority of teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults.

And, the Librarian in Black points us to some other ongoing research by library school students about MySpace and libraries.

In my research, I have found that MySpace continues to be more and more proactive in helping to protect that millions of teenagers who have MySpace profiles. The entire online community benefits from different organizations and groups working together for the betterment of all.

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