I've read all the topics in these forums that mention myspace. And there is not much discussion about it, although I see it as a massive problem among youth these days.
Latest statistics show that 40% of youth aged 12-14 have a social networking account! 64% of youth aged 15-17 have a social networking account. And 70% of girls 15-17 have social networking accounts.
These statistics are from http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/198/report_display.asp
I've had a lot of thought about this, and there are 2 options to this problem.
1. Say its wrong and prevent youth from joining up - this is extremely hard since on the face of it the sites are harmless but the content is.
2. Tell them what are the bad stuff so they avoid them - this doesn't solve the problem because youth are not that strong to be able to resist such temptations that they might encounter.
So the conclusion that I have reached is...
Why doesn't the Coptic Orthodox Church start up a website that promotes social networking in a proper manner.
What this would do is:
Solve the problem by prevent youth from joining myspace and others... but at the same time still benefiting from this new tool. In fact you can also customize it so that you can have youth groups and members join youth groups and can organise events eg. church camps, church outings and you can have church groups etc. So its a spiritual environment.
There is already a company out there that is doing something similar at this website http://youthglue.com/
We have massive forums tasbeha.org, and coptichymns.net and we have our own email system copticmail.com... so y not have our own social networking site?
So what are people's ideas, feedback and suggestions about this?