Jun 24

Minors and the Internet

Myspace is trying to figure out what to do about adults preying on minors on Myspace.  EKR has some comments on the overall ineffectiveness of the approach.

My thoughts:

  • One of the things I’ve learned in my time is that a fairly low barrier still seems to keep a lot of people “well behaved”.   There’s no logical reason for it, but people still respect short fences.
  • I am reminded of Orson Scott Card’s masterpiece – Ender’s Game, and the “hobby” developed by his brother and sister.  Do we want more control?
  • I’ve played quite a bit of Dungeons and Dragons Online over the last few months, and I’ve played with a number of kids (Based on their voices in voice chat), and a number of people who were probably kids based on their typing.  Even if kids pretend to be adults, there are still “tells” that indicate they are kids.  Perhaps a “I think this account is a kid” button reputation system might be in order
  • As difficult as it may be to pull off, the “right” solution is to have a good relationship with your kids so you know what is going on in their lives.

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