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MySpace is currently one of the most popular on-line social networking services, especially among today’s teens. Reporting over 13.5 million visitors in April 2005 (up from approximately 6.5 million in January, and reported at 17 million in late May 2005), it has become the hottest site for people to share information and interact with each other.

But with this immense popularity, and others like it have brought many concerns to parents regarding the safety of their children using these sites.   And, being that the overwhelming majority of users at these sites are predominately teens, by this very nature, parents have a legitimate concern since these sites can have lurking about them, child predators, scam artists, and other unscrupulous individuals.

At the El Dorado County Office of Education, we share these concerns as well.  This is why we have put together this web page to provide information concerning these social networking sites so that you will have the necessary information regarding any safety or potentially dangerous activity at these sites.

The following is a listing of resources and informational sites to help you become better informed in regards to these sites. 

** MySpace.Com Resources

Safety tips for parents
Safety tips for MySpace users

Local Resources

El Dorado County Sheriff's department
High Tech Crimes Task force  - 

Dave Lawrence
(530) 642-4714 or (916) 874-3069
Christina Novello 
(530) 642-4702

Web Resources for safe Internet use
National Center for Missing and Exploited Kids

Articles regarding social networking sites and ''

"Why Parents Must Mind MySpace" - 04/05/06
"MySpace Invader" - 04/09/06
"The Siren Call of Myspace" - The News Tribune - 04/12/06
"Concerns over Grows" - - 02/19/06
"Parents worry that personal data posted will lure predators" - Post-Gazette.Com - 01/15/06


(** El Dorado County Office of Education and many of the school districts in the county currently filters from being accessed by the student population.  Links to may not work if accessed from some of the school districts.)