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"Caution should be used in interpreting this small amount of research about a new phenomenon." Sexual predators are not ignoring the social networking space, however.
Last summer My Space deleted as many as 30,000 profiles it said belonged to sexual predators.
Though social networking sites and chat rooms are intended to connect people who might not have otherwise met, talking to unfamiliar users online appears to be where most of the problems start for young Web users.
The New Hampshire study identified several characteristics that make young Internet users more likely to be targeted by offenders regardless of the platform they use.
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Though social networking sites like Facebook and My Space have come under fire in recent years as havens for sexual predators, incidents of predators actually contacting teens through these sites are less prevalent than media reports might suggest, according to a study released this week.If you are a first time visitor, to make your first time experience as enjoyable as possible we ask that you adhere to these simple commonsense rules. Chat room safety is YOUR responsibility, not ours, so we strongly urge that you also read our Chat Room Safety Guide as soon as possible.If you're new to our site, we also suggest that you take a look at our Chat Room Etiquette page.Earlier this year, the site also released a joint statement between My Space and the nation's attorneys general, focusing on age verification and the protection of minors already on My Space.In September 2007, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo opened an investigation into Facebook's safety measures."A close perusal of media stories suggests that online molesters have not changed their tactics as a result of the advent of social networking sites," according to a report from the University of New Hampshire's Internet Solution for Kids, Inc.