Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lawsuit happy - or how did we let this happen?

On ArsTechnica There's a post about a teenager and her mother suing MySpace.com because the girl met the guy who sexually assaulted her through MySpace. Their reasoning for the suit: "[MySpace] fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators".

Another thing to add, the guy that is accused of sexually assaulting her is 19. So he's a teenager too. I realize he's not a minor, but is it possible that this girl was also presenting herself as older than she really is?

Now, maybe I'm a little slow on this one, but it seems to me that the parents need to keep an eye on what their kids are doing online - that's their job, not MySpace.com's job. Ultimately, the girl made a bad decision. Everyone makes bad decisions--some are worse than others, but it's not MySpace's fault that she made that decision to meet the guy in real life.

It's unfortunate that she was assaulted, but I really don't think MySpace should be held liable for her decision.