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02/14/06 - East Texas

"My Space" Getting A Lot of Hits

by Jessica Cervantez

If you are in college or if you are computer savvy then chances are you know about the web site www.myspace.com.

Joel Byrd, who is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University, said, "It's addictive, people need to stay off of it, and it will get you into trouble."

While Byrd is just teasing, there is a potential for trouble when you put your personal information out there for everyone to see.

Detective Otis Almond, of the Lufkin police department, said, "Honest people who put their name, address, and date of birth on the web. Well, that is open to everyone. The web site says you have to be 14, but there is no one there to verify the account. I opened an account saying I'm Fred Flinstone."

A similar site, called Facebook, requires a college e-mail address to access.

Katie Connaughton, another SFA freshman, said, "My Space is kind of like Facebook except for you don't have to have the restrictions and you don't have to have a college e-mail. Like my little sister has it and she is 13-years-old, so it is easy to talk to her in Dallas, but you do meet random people."

Another student said his younger brother has a "my space" account.

But, there is concern that "my space" also attracts pedophiles.

Connaughton talks about her younger sister. She said, "It kind of worries me, but she's really conservative and shy, she's like 'this weird person messaged me' and I'm like 'yeah, don't talk to him.'"

Authorities want people who use these sites to be careful about sharing too much information, especially with people they don't know.

Julian Clayton, also a SFA freshman, said, "People only see what information you put out, you can keep it off, or have it on there where only certain friends can see."

Det. Almond said, "Parents need to know if your children are under 18 and are using my space and yahoo, or any other programs, you need to know what their passwords are."
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