By David Ponce
MySpace and parent company News Corp. are being sued by four families whose daughters were molested by adults they met of the site. They charge that MySpace did too little too late to implement security measures that could have helped prevent such an outcome, and are alleging negligence, recklessness, fraud and negligent misrepresentation by the companies. They are seeking (you guessed it) monetary damages “in the millions of dollars
Now, we’re on the fence a little on this one. On the one hand, we agree that MySpace has some responsibility to create an environment that doesn’t make it so easy for sexual predators to play their games. A social networking site shouldn’t turn into a meat market for pedophiles and we agree that the corporation should at least try to create a safe environment.
On the other hand, whatever happened to responsible parenting? Whatever happened to watching over your own children, and teaching them about these sorts of things? Parents too busy? There was a time when parents told their kids not ever to get into a stranger’s car, even if he offered you some shiny lollipops. Why is it so hard to tell your kids never to trust an online stranger?
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