Wow….this is so very important.  Thanks for taking the time to read this and taking the time to check on your special young person.
 
MySpace.com; MSN Live Spaces; Friendster.com; the list goes on….and I’ve listed a bunch of them at the end of this article to help you to find all them and help you discover if your special young person has a "space" out there.
 
Now, why should you care?
 
We received a call this morning from a very dear friend who received a call around midnight January 14th that he was both glad to get and sad to get.  Glad in that he received the call in time to get help for his 16 year old son, but sad that it appears his son is in need of help.
 
The call was from the parent of one of his child’s friends.  They simply asked if he had ever looked at his son’s "My Space."  His answer was "No."  Keep in mind this is an extremely involved parent and extremely technically saavy parent.  He had never looked at his son’s "MySpace." 
 
He was quite surprised and disturbed to find his son had been having suicidal thoughts and discussing them on line.  He also found some other very disturbing things about his son.  The question is of course, was this just normal, or is there something seriously wrong here.  I do not believe a parent can afford to ignore such things and just chalk it up as "normal" teen stuff.  This is especially true with some of the additional comments his son had posted.
 
So, what am I asking?  If there are any special young persons in your life, please check on them to see what they are revealing about themselves on the social networking sites.  Not only may they be revealing such thoughts, but they may be revealing way too much personal information that a predator could use to get at them.
 
Am I over-reacting to this?  Perhaps, but I would rather err on the side of caution than to be attending a niece or nephew’s funeral…or perhaps helping search for a missing young person.
 
We also posted an article today on Rules for Safer Computing that was written some time back.  If you also wish to read "The Computer Guy’s Rules for Safer Computing" then follow this link:  http://thecomputerguysllc.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!3E351816740E32BA!1131.entry
 
 
Some social netwoking sites you may or may not have heard of.
43 Things. This offers tagging and has 630000 members.
ActiveRain is a site for real estate professionals 5300.
AIM Pages uses AOL Instant Messenger.
Adoos is a Latin America Spain classifieds and personals serice with 1000000 + members.
aSmallWorld – for European jet set social elite 150000 (invite only)
BlackPlanet.com African-Americans 18000000
Babbello Australian teenagers 30000
Bebo Schools and colleges 22000000
Blue Dot General 80000
Blurty Blogs based on LiveJournal 947177
Bolt General (music and video) 5000000
CarDomain a netwoking site for car enthusiasts 1650000
Care2 a networking site for Green living activism 6900000
Classmates.com School college military work 4000,000
Tu van xin viec career dev Vietnamese college students forum 637000
Connect.ee Estonia 40000 (Invite only)
Consumating "Consumeetings" 23000
Cyworld South Korea 16000000
Dandelife collective narratives and biographies Open
DeadJournal Dark blogs based on LiveJournal 490310 invite or pay
Dodgeball.com mobile based service
Doostang Careers 53000 Invite only
DowneLink LGBT
Ecademy Business 100000
Draugiem.lv Latvia 731652 Invite only
Facebook college networking site 13000000
Facebox General 1046696
Faceparty British teens and 20-somethings 5900000 Open
Frühstückstreff General 10100
Flickr Photo sharing 2500000
Friendster General 29100000
Gaia Online General 5000000
Gazzag general social netwok service
GoPets Virtual pets 400000
GreatestJournal Uses LiveJournal code 1514865
Grono.net Poland 830000 Invite only
Hi5 General 50000000
Hyves focus on students Dutch 2312000
imeem Instant messaging
IMVU 3D chat software 1000000
IRC-Galleria Finland 350000
iWiW Hungary 1235000
Joga Bonito Football soccer netwoking site
LinkedIn Business 8500000
Last.fm Music networking site
LiveJournal Blogging 10921500
LunarStorm Sweden 1200000
MEETin General networker service 50000
MiGente.com Latinos 4000000
Mixi Japan 6000000 Inviteonly
MOG Music network site
Multiply Real world relationships 3000000
myGamma Cell phones 1300000 Open
MySpace worlds largest networking site 130000000 Open
myYearbook General 950000 Open
Neurona Spanish businesses Italy 690000
orkut Owned by Google 33729146
Passado General (business) 4700000
Nexopia Canada 866000 Open
Piczo Teenagers Canadians photo sharing 10000000 Open
Playahead Swedish teenagers 2000000 Open
ProfileHeaven British teens 100000 Open
Rediff Connexions India 1400000 Open
Reunion.com Locating friends and family 25000000 Open
Ruckus Music 300000 College students only
Ryze Business 250000 Open
Sconex American high schools 500000 Open
Studivz University students mostly German speaking 1000000 Open
Studybreakers High school students 34000 Open
Stumbleupon Websurfing 1200000 Open
TagWorld General tagging 1850692 Open
TakingITGlobal Social action 116000 Open
The Student Center Teens and colleges 800000 Open
Threadless General 364474 Open
Tribe General 554993 Open
Vampire Freaks Gothic industrial culture 650000 Open
VietSpace Vietnamese 20000 Open
Vox Blogging Unknown Open
WAYN Travel & Lifestyle 7000000 Open to people 18 and older
WebBiographies Genealogy Biography 3500 Open
Windows Live Spaces blogging (was MSN Spaces) 30000000 Open
Xanga Blogs and "metro" areas 40,000,000 Open
Xuqa Colleges 1000000 Open
XING Business 1000000 Open
Yahoo! 360° – Linked to Yahoo! and Zaadz
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