I personally think myspace.com and facebook.com and a few other “personal page” websites are extremely dangerous for young teens and even college students who may not realize the amount of information they are releasing to the entire world.
Many universities have all of their undergrad students’ full names, majors, home and school addresses as well as their personal email and phone numbers, listed in their student web directory on the university homepage. Some predator who legitimately belongs to Facebook.com due to having attended or graduated college can easily look up members and have access to the information they list there, then use it to go truly identify the student’s whereabouts by checking the university listed, online.
Young kids using myspace.com who list their name, age and school can be easily found if a predator wants to go sit outside their school patiently, day after day, until they see the object of their desire and then follow them home and know exactly where they live. Mentioning activities like soccer practice or drill team, etc., are also all clues that help predators identify potential victims.
The websites are just a personal page that lists things like interests, likes, dislikes, relationship status, age, name, school, etc. Then there is a message board for friends to come write things and for the user to respond. There are also places for picture albums of the user to be viewed.
Personally I think young kids should be definitely kept away! I read yesterday that “Facebooking” is now considered a verb because it is so popular.