MySpace parental controls slammed

by admin January 19, 2007 at 11:35 am

An internet child safety expert has attacked MySpace’s reported free parental control software plans, describing the popular social networking site’s safety procedures as ‘feeble’.

Linda Criddle, author of Look Both Ways, said that the “entire premise that MySpace is building on is wrong”.

MySpace is planning to offer parents the ability to check the information their children enter on their MySpace profiles, though it won’t allow them to snoop on their child’s email or personal messages.

“This ‘safety initiative’, like other recently announced MySpace safety initiatives, is focused on getting more advertising dollars and seeming to comply with US government concerns. MySpace isn’t actually trying to protect consumers in any holistic fashion,” said Criddle.

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