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New safeguards for children on MySpace

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Spokesperson Julie Bays said MySpace will be safer after this deal is put into action, but parents still have to do their part. Spokesperson Julie Bays said MySpace will be safer after this deal is put into action, but parents still have to do their part.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson struck a deal with MySpace to help keep children safe from online predators.

"It's not a catch-all," said Julie Bays, a spokesperson for the attorney general's office. "We fixed MySpace, there are no kids that are going to get hurt while on there. It's a step in the right direction."

The social networking Web site is working with 50 attorney generals throughout the nation to help keep the identities of minors safe from internet predators. The Web site will implement age verification software on the site and keep lines open with state investigators to catch offenders and inappropriate material.  

"It still comes down though to the basic parents at home, monitoring your kids usage, keeping the computer in an open area at home," said Bays. "Don't trust kids to say they'll do something and leave them, because they won't."

Parents will also be able to keep their kids off My Space entirely by sending a request to the Web site.

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