Originally Posted by ReesesPBC
Exactly, they can't enforce it. Sex offenders can lie about their age and who they are in order to make a page, even if they're banned. I think minors are required to have private pages, but that doesn't stop sex offenders on false accounts asking for friend requests, which alot of teens will grant just to rack up their friend count.
Minors lie all the time to have adult privelges on their pages. Years ago, I made my age state "15 years old" on my page so that creepy people I don't know couldn't see my page (I was in my 20s at the time). Now, thankfully, there is a different way you can privatize your page to keep the creeps away. Any skanky old man can say he's a 14 year old girl with the SN "PrincessNSyncLove"...and end up with 1000 underage girls and boys to target.
Originally Posted by lunasmom
Can they enforce it by barring the IP Address from their site? I remember TCS doing this to one person, not so long ago.
Also (I didn't read the article fully) is this strictly child sex offenders they're banning or is it all sex offenders? If its all that's way out of line because I could be peeing on the side of the road and if I were caught I would have the sex offender label stamped on my PR.
By all means I'm not supporting sex offenders, but I do find it a little silly that once they've been found guilty, possibly served some time, shouldn't they be allowed some freedom? I guess IMO if MySpace is banning them and courts are allowing this, they are admitting that our prison system is a failure. If the sex offenders have served time AND LEARNED THEIR WRONGS then shouldn't they be rehabilated and ready to face the world? However they will always have the sex offender label to them.
Again I am not supporting sex offenders, but I'm just trying to bring up a point. They served their time and if under a psych's signature is deemed "OK to return to society" then why are they still on watch? They basically are getting to a point that they may as well stay in prison for the rest of their life because what's waiting out here for them?
About the IP Address, you can randomly change your IP address, there are ways to do this, especially if working on a networked system AND dial-up IP addresses change with each and every single dial-up.
So whenever they log on, it's impossible to track them this way, and trust me, those predators are good at what they do, they're always a step ahead with technological ways to get away with abuse.
I must say , what you said about the "serving time and being deemed ok"....... I'm a bleeding hearted liberal who feels the same way about this to a point. Not so much about myspace, because honestly, like I said, this is just a ridiculous ploy to make uneducated parents feel more safe (uneducated as far as how the internet works and how easy it is to corrupt), but certain sex offenders commit completely rehabilitable crimes and are stuck with the stigma the rest of their lives. (think about the older teenagers charged with statutory rape of freshman, or something along those lines).
This is a multiple sided topic.
End point, this myspace thing is a joke.