- For Teachers
I absolutely love all social networking sites because they are just so intriguing. These fancy networking websites such as Facebook, Myspace, Hi5, Xanga, Blogspot, LiveJournal-I have them all. Nothing is better than going on to these sites to kill the tedious hours of my life. Well, I guess that I am not the only preposterous person in this world who loves to surf the net.
Surfing on these popular social networks has become a habit of every “modern” individual nowadays. Today, many networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace attract millions or even billions of people to sign up. As the number of members inflates each day, these sites are no longer safe. They grab the attention of all sorts of predators. Many serious crimes have been convicted by predators such as frauds, hackers, and sex offenders. Hence, these websites have famously become “the danger zone”.
Let’s just take Myspace and Facebook as two obvious examples. It seems that nothing is reliable on either Myspace or Facebook. They are totally off-guarded because nobody can be so vigilant all the time.
There are frauds everywhere on Myspace and Facebook, and they have done terrible things to assault users. Many Myspace users have been lured to a fake Myspace where they are being asked to log on. After logging on, both the email and password will be saved on these fraudulent sites. These frauds will then use their email address and password to log on to the real Myspace page. The purpose of this is to steal the identity of the actual user. Moreover, some malicious frauds will probably post pornography to humiliate the user. On the other hand, Facebook has some sly frauds as well. The well-known Pozi Scam has occurred once on a Facebook group which is the Marvin Mooney case. This case has been a hot topic on Facebook for a quit long time. Marvin Mooney was really Cameron Dillion who set up a trap by sending invitations to more than 800 Facebook users for a PS3 party. He said,” Want a PS3 in Time for Christmas? How about for FREE”, but he actually meant a FREE dating site. He also left his phone number on his Facebook event organizer. Base on my conjecture, he left his phone number there because he “wanted” to have phone sex with some girl or he really “wanted” to lure a girl to have sexual activities with him after arriving at “his shack".
Fraud is not the only major issue on both sites because there is something more irritating - hacking. Many of Myspace users who are affected by virus while viewing Myspace pages on the Internet. When the computer is plagued with virus, hackers can change the settings of a computer, track users’ online movements, delete users’ crucial files and even damage the entire computer. Similarly, hackers can go on to Facebook to afflict more innocent users. A hacker might set up a malicious virus on a victim’s computer and try to obtain the password after the user is logged on. After logging on, he might gather all kinds of personal information of the user such as cell phone number, home address, and personal website. The best way to prevent hackers on Facebook is to set your profile to “private” and restrict all anonymous from viewing your profile.
Fraud and hacking on social networks do not involve with physical contacts, but sexual abuse does and it is even worse. According to “MSNBC”, there are more than 29000 sex offenders who have Myspace pages, and more than 7000 potential sex offender profiles are deleted permanently on Myspace. Also, “MSNBC” has announced there are assumably more than three sex offenders in United States who have Facebook pages. Investigators also find more than one inappropriate pictures and contents on Facebook.
I, as a Myspace user was once attacked by a male who was trying to get my home address through Myspace messages. His words sounded very melodical, but I knew that he was pawky. Therefore, without any second thoughts, I directly deleted him from my friends list.
To sum all these disastrous actions up, none of these social websites are one hundred percent safe due to frauds, hackers, and sex offenders. Parents should be alert with these social networking sites especially with Facebook and Myspace. All these sites have become the greatest “danger zone” because they lure more than thousands of predators each day..
Many Myspace users have been lured to a fake Myspace where they were being asked to log on. After they log on, both their email address and their password are saved on those fraudulent sites. Those frauds will then use the stolen email address and passwords to log onto the real Myspace page. The purpose of that is to steal the identity of the actual user.~R
Mr. R! You are the master of the English language!