As much as I criticize and personally loathe MySpace and social networking, as a student of journalism, I try to be as objective as possible and will continue to report the on-goings of both sides of the coin. In this case, today I will applaud MySpace for (at least publicly) taking a step forward.
According to stories on the web, MySpace composed a public service announcement to encourage parents to talk to children about online safety.
The ad, “Don’t Stop the Dialogue,” compares online safety instruction to teaching young children not to talk to strangers and buckling seat belts when they get into the car…
Big Fuel produced the spot. It will appear on MySpace Safety…
MySpace Safety also includes safety tips and a message from Hemanshu Nigam, a former prosecutor at the Justice Department. Nigam called parents “the first line of defense” for protecting teens online and offline, “and they should have as many educational resources as possible to safeguard their families.”
The second little bit of “Friday Jambalaya” (ode to my friend’s blog) I leave you with, is this article from TIME for KIDS (the Jr. version of the infamous magazine). Props to them for tackling the issue head-on with kids: Protect Your Space (in Spanish too!).
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