Invading My Space- Part 2

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Online networking websites are becoming more popular everyday. Many online users create profiles on websites such as Facebook and MySpace. The profiles may seem to be harmless, since it is only general information about themselves; however, a little information can go a long way.

"What will happen is that someone will go to a website and get the information and go to other sites and get more detailed information about someone", says Bowling Green Police Chief, Bill Waltrip.

Waltrip says he is amazed at just how much information many are putting online, such as phone numbers and addresses, what you look like and even where you work.

"In an age where most of us are worried about identity theft and people getting information off public documents and public websites, what we have now are students actually putting personal information out on themselves", says Waltrip.

Kim Mason has three children who have their profiles online.

"We did have one incident where my son put up our phone number up which I immediately corrected", says Mason.

Mason says she made sure early on to let them know what is and isn't acceptable.

"The main rules are no identifying information, no street addresses, last names, phone numbers, things like that", says Mason.

"The more information that is out there on somebody, obviously the more dangerous it is", says Waltrip.

Both Facebook.com and MySpace.com have disclaimers saying that they don't take responsibility for what happens to the information you publish online.

They say they are "not responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from use of the services, or from conduct of any users of the services."

Tuesday night at 6:00, we'll show you who's looking at these online pages that you may not expect. Your profile could prevent you from getting a job or even land you in jail.


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