In America the website MySpace is having a similar impact to MXit in South Africa. In fact its amusing to me both start with “M” 😉 Anyway I will be drawing more and more comparisons between MySpace and MXit going forward. As I keep saying none of these issues are new and originated on the Internet. Software like MXit and GRPS technology essentially connects your cellphone to the Internet and blurs the definition of what it means to “online.”
Please read this article on Protecting Your Kids from Cyber-Predators on Business Week website from December 2005. The one part where the mother signed up for a MySpace profile and added her daughter as a friend is exactly what parents in South Africa should do: You should sign-up with MXit, add your children as Contacts and monitor when they are offline and go online. This is the first thing you should do.
Please take a moment and watch this short documentary 10 minute documentary on MySpace:[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/30-1pDjA4PY” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]