Rebecca Hagelin
MySpace.com has quickly become the malt shop for today’s teens -- but, unlike Al’s place in “Happy Days,” this virtual “hang out” is also frequented by unsavory characters who are after our kids. What most teens see as just a fun place to connect with friends has become a sexual predator’s and pornographer’s playground.

As The New York Times reported on May 27, the site’s content has become so skanky that even some corporate advertisers, including Weight Watchers and T-Mobile, are either pulling their ads from MySpace or threatening to do so.

The pages of sex-film stars like Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick are quickly becoming popular with America’s teens as evidenced by the thousands of “friends” -- other MySpace users who ask for full access to a user’s page. Those pages, in turn, link to the stars’ own homepages, which are often replete with explicit pornographic images.

Some of the stars’ “friends” are as young as 14. Others are undoubtedly younger -- one need only state their age, no ID or proof required. Most of the linked porn sites post a simple warning that says something like, “Click here to enter if you’re over 18,” and that’s it.

And if it wasn’t bad enough having porn stars market themselves directly to your children, try this: Some of the morally depraved individuals who operate behind the camera post profiles on MySpace as well -- and they actually encourage girls to send them pictures and contact them about getting involved in the porn business.

Take Eon McKai, a Los Angeles man who works for VCA, a porn company owned by Hustler. In his MySpace profile, he admits, “I make smut” and puts this under the heading “Who I’d like to meet” (typos in the original):

Cool people not kids but young adults or poeple who fell like young adults that are open minded and like porn and want to be apart of my movement to make it better... If you want to be a porn star... I’m the guy that can make that happen for real... but I’ll look you in the eye first to make sure you can hang...any Emo, Punk or Goth kids... your all my friends... be stylish and cute as all hell.

As with most MySpace profile pages, McKai has many “friends” who have posted messages and pictures. One is from a girl named Jess who writes: “hey love! i’m live on my web cam right NOW!! come play with me!!!” Then she lists a porn site that, she notes, is “free for myspace members!”


Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
 
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