Our filtered internet service is called “Clean Internet” and it prevents access to MySpace.com. Several months ago we began receiving complaints from parents about a site called MySpace.com. We, at the time, hadn’t heard much about it. We sure have now. It has been all over the news.
MySpace.com was originally created as a creative outlet for rock bands and independant music labels to spread word of their latest work and to build a fan base. It has evolved into a mix of Blogs, Picture sharing, Personal Ads & social networking.
The purpose of this post is not to single out MySpace, but rather to explain why one of the most popular sites on the Internet is blocked by our Clean Internet. As of this post, March 28, 2006, MySpace.com is listed as the 5th most popular website on the internet. To give some perspective, Numbers 1 through 4 are: Yahoo!, Google, MSN.com, eBay. This means that Amazon.com is LESS popular than MySpace. 20 million + people are visiting MySpace.com. Those numbers are staggering.
Here are the simple reasons we block MySpace.com:
- It contains suggestive and pornographic images
- It allows for the easy posting of way too much personal information
- It is a context for dating and personal ads
- It can be and has been used to exploit children and teenagers.
We welcome your comments.
MySpace.com in the news:
KSL.com reports on MySpace
MSNBC reports on MySpace
A search for MySpace on Google News