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Parents can control computer access
To the editor:
For all the parents who say they do not know what to do about there kids going on MySpace.com, MSN and other chat sites, talking to complete strangers and giving out personal information to meet them, I have a solution.
I am 14 years old and have not used the computer in years. It is as simple as saying no to your child, as my parents did to me. I don't have to worry about people getting information about me. There are other ways to talk to your friends as in phone calls and letters. But instead of those things parents let their children go on the computer anyway, knowing something like that could happen.
I have to say I am ashamed of parents who are supposed to be the responsible ones. Letting a child do this is not responsible. And then when a child gets hurt or, even worse, a child ends up dead, parents blame it on us kids, saying we are irresponsible.
How about saying no to your child instead of pointing fingers and blaming your children, in turn trying to find a scapegoat to pin it on? Why don't you take some action? There's the solution children have been dying for.
MELISSA MATHER, Cape Girardeau