Age Online

With heightened concerns over sexual predators lurking at so-called social-networking sites, state attorneys general have called for such communities, particularly MySpace, to improve age and identity checks. If only it were so easy, experts say. “We’re all just grasping for solutions,” said Anne Collier, co-author of the forthcoming “MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely.” “We haven’t fully researched it and thought about all the implications.” – “Anick Jesdanun(Online Age Verification May Prove Complex)”:http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/07/17/290852-online-age-verification-may-prove-complex The irony is that I was listening earlier to a recent SecondCast where Philip Rosedale was making many of “the same points(Episode 25 – Send Pants)”:http://www.secondcast.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=41. And I heard an anecdote just a short while ago about something age-related that happened in a library near here. I don’t know what the answer is, but I think that this has “the potential(Abram on Blocking MySpace)”:http://tametheweb.com/2006/07/abram_on_blocking_myspace.html to be the “major library issue(library myspace)”:http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=library+myspace&btnG=Search+News of the year “one way(Getting in touch with your inner MySpace.com)”:http://www.strausnews.com/articles/2006/07/14/the_chronicle/news/25.txt or “the other(Convicted rapist arrested at library)”:http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1152781026125860.xml&coll=1.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.