To answer some of the more common questions about social networks and blog safety, CNET News.com talked to an expert. Larry Magid launched the site Blogsafety, a social network for parents, with partner Anne Collier, and he authored the forthcoming book "MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely," which will hit bookstores Aug. 2.
- Should parents be worried about kids who keep blogs and profiles on MySpace or other social networks? If so, what are the legitimate things to think about?
- Does material a child posts to a blog or social network stay on the Internet forever? If so, what can parents do about it?
- Can parents force MySpace or another social network to ban a child from the network?
- What kinds of kids are vulnerable on the Internet?
- When should parents consider software-filtering tools to block unsavory Web sites?
- What are the upsides to social networks?