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Each element of personal information requested by MySpace is analyzed to determine how the data is used. The safety tips describe where information entered into MySpace is displayed, and show how the information might be used by a person with malicious intentions. The book then provides...
Each element of personal information requested by MySpace is analyzed to determine how the data is used. The safety tips describe where information entered into MySpace is displayed, and show how the information might be used by a person with malicious intentions. The book then provides recommendations on the actions a MySpace user should take with respect to the requested information, to minimize risk.
The book can also be applied as a user's manual for MySpace.com, since to define areas of risk and appropriate responses for safety the authors investigated and documented all facets and features of the MySpace.com site.
The 51 safety tips describe how to:
- prepare for opening a MySpace.com account
- enter the information required to join MySpace.com
- configure "profile" information tabs
- make and respond to MySpace friend requests
- manage contacts from the MySpace "extended network"
- eliminate unwanted contact from strangers
- avoid profile invasion, spyware, and phishing scams
- report inappropriate content and other problems to MySpace.com
- close a MySpace.com account
The book also includes programming script code that disables some MySpace options that allow strangers to track the actions of teens without the teens having any awareness that this is happening.
While the book specifically addresses MySpace.com, its lessons can be applied to any social networking site, to a person's blog, or to other places where a teen may establish an online presence.
Posted July 28, 2006
While parents may have a hard time getting their teenagers to read the safety guides as they are much more interested in reading the most recent posts on their friends' blogs, Kevin and Dale's book is a comprehensive guide for parents who =need= to know how MySpace works and how their children are using it. As a talking tool and a resource for parents, the book is right on, particularly useful for parents who are not especially tech-saavy. The specific ways to avoid being tracked, examples of ways MySpace can be used appropiately and also how information can be misused and even put your children in danger, are all incredibly valuable and written in an easy, accessible manner. All parents of internet-generation teens should have a copy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.