Jenny asked me last week if I'd heard of MySpace, because of a "horror" story she heard from someone she knew. Horror could hardly be worse described -- the story involved a 13 year old girl with a space that indicated her as 17 years old. Since then I've noted the media frenzy on the "horrors" of MySpace -- which I generally view as sensationalism feeding the minds of the ignorant. Yes, there are bad things happening on MySpace; however, it's not indicative of the online world, but rather simply of people and the unfortunate things that happen in society (offline or online).
The fear is being spread by overbearing, control freak parents jumping to ignorant conclusions about their teenage sons/daughters, when their time would be far better spent actually TALKING with their children and developing a relationship of trust. Rather than spout off completely, I will point out a longer article from Wired that sums up the situation nicely, in addition to a short Q&A on what parents need to know.