To block…or not to block…

<p>&quot;That’s a lovely little nothing you’re almost wearing&quot; ~007 – Diamonds are Forever</p><p>That quote has no relevance whatsoever to my post, I just heard it and it made me giggle ;o) AMC is having a month of Bond or something like that so we’ve been watching 007 movies almost nonstop lately.</p><p>I just realized that the title is really misleading – sorry about that.  I’m not talking about blocking lace or anything, but blocking my kid from accessing a domain.</p><p>I have a teen ‘issue’ I’d like to talk about. I recently found out that my daughter has/had a profile on <a href="http://jessaluknits.com/exit.php?url_id=455&amp;entry_id=103" title="http://www.myspace.com" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.myspace.com’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;" target="_blank">MySpace</a>. In case you haven’t heard of this lovely site it is a collection of….I guess you can call them blogs that are mostly authored by teens or twenty-somethings. I’ve always had an issue with her putting too much information about herself online. When she set up an AOL profile a few years ago I wouldn’t let her go back online for almost a year. I was pretty upset – and I feel justifiably so. There are so many horror stories out there about kids who have been abducted by sickos who are on AIM or MSN or Yahoo! pretending to be young and I do not want my daughter to put herself in harms way. </p><p>You should have seen my reaction when I found out that there’s a registered sex offender (level 3) living on our road. Now I know what time her bus gets in and if she hasn’t called me within five minutes of that time I’m a wreck. </p><p>Anyway, I knew she was on MySpace and I was trusting her to make the right decisions regarding what information to put out there. Granted I put alot of trust in her but I felt she learned the lesson of no internet for 10 months after the AIM debacle of 2002. So…I decided to test her and did a search. (okay, I didn’t decide it on my own. A certain someone led me down the garden path so to speak…you know who you are… ;o) ) I found her profile and not only did she have the next town over listed as her location she also had her age as 17 along with a photo. And her real name. Not her last name (Thank God), but her first name. I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and let it ride – she is four years older now and I think a little more informed. However, a week later I went on to see if she had made any changes to her profile and found it gone. Which I found suspicious. At that point I went onto our router and blocked MySpace.com and any subdomains and boy did she get pissed. She wants me to give her access again so she can change the town she lives in, etc. however I have reservations. I *really* don’t like her having her information out there for all the world to see. Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, I’ve put up a poll over there *motions to the right* and I’d like to know your opinion. I’m not saying I’ll go with the results of the poll, I’m just curious to know what another parent or non-parent might do in my situation. Feel free to leave your comments, too ;o)</p><p>I’m still knitting (gauge is a tad tight – wonder why?) and your regularly scheduled blog will return…soon. I’m going to let this question ride for a couple days. Thanks for your patience – and your input!</p>

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