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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Authors

Chelsea Peters

Abstract

On January 14, 2008, social networking Web site MySpace.com announced an agreement with the Attorneys General of forty-nine states and the District of Columbia aimed at increasing the safety of children online. MySpace.com and the Attorneys General created a “Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Sites Safety,” which sets forth various principles and goals for improving online safety for children through new online safety tools, design and functionality changes, education tools, and law enforcement cooperation. This article closely examines the agreement between MySpace.com and the Attorneys General and attempts to determine whether any best practices have emerged regarding children’s online safety that other businesses should consider implementing to avoid liability.

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