This Is Your Brain; This Is Your Brain On MySpace
from the before-you-click-submit... dept
With all of the talk about sexual predators lurking on MySpace along with the warnings that anything you post online could come back to haunt you down the road when you're looking for a job, the act of post anything on line is coming to be seen as a high-risk activity. It's so much so that the state of Florida has launched a "Think Before You Post" campaign, warning girls specifically about the dangers of posting personal information to sites like MySpace. The advice itself, to think before you post, isn't bad at all, and it applies to everyone, but it's hard to imagine this campaign being particularly effective. For one thing, inexplicably, the ads are only running on radio and TV and not on the internet. They might want to revisit that at some point. Furthermore, government propaganda aimed at kids, with the anti-drug ads that were popularized in the 80s being the most prominent, doesn't have a great track record, in terms of effectiveness. It seems like it would be much better to save these tax dollars and encourage parents to speak to their children directly about proper internet usage.