- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
Internet Web sites have become the meeting places for a huge portion of society ranging from youngsters chatting with friends to senior citizens sharing the plights and delights of old age. With the ease of electronic gatherings has come the specter of using those anonymous online contacts for darker purposes.
MySpace.com and Facebook.com, two of the biggest of the online social-networking sites, have joined authorities around the nation in looking for ways to provide more protection to users from would-be predators.
In the case of children, the best protection would seem to be parents, even though even strict monitoring does not always guarantee that a child won't become a target. Without parental involvement, however, the likelihood for unwanted results increases substantially.
Parents who won't let their children go to unfamiliar places to meet unknown individuals should impose similar restrictions on online visits to sites where other participants may be other children looking for fun -- or looking for something far more sinister.