(CNN) -- A new study finds that 54 percent of teens talk about behaviors such as sex, alcohol use, and violence on the social networking giant My Space -- presenting potential risks even if all they're doing is talking, researchers said Monday.
The study looked at My Space profiles of 500 people who identified themselves as 18-year-old males and females in the United States.
The Internet is often prime recruiting grounds for sex offenders to recruit children or expose them to sexual exploitation.
In many cases, children have come into contact with sex offenders through chat rooms and social networking sites including My Space and Face Book.
E-STOP requires convicted sex offenders to register all their e-mail addresses and other Internet identifiers with the state.
More than 3,500 registered New York sex offenders were kicked off of My Space and Facebook and other social networking sites New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office sent letters to the social networking companies to purge sex offenders from their sites.
After the victim has joined the offender, various techniques are used to restrict the victim’s access to communication with home, such as imposing physical punishment unless the victim complies with the trafficker’s demands and making threats of harm and even death to the victim and her family.In response to a subpoena last year, My Space provided two New York state attorneys general the names of 90,000 registered sex offenders it had banned from its site.Today, New York has the Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP), the first program of its kind.Despite over ten times the number of developers, Friendster, which was developed in Java Server Pages (jsp), could not keep up with the speed of development of Myspace and cfm.The My domain was originally owned by Your Z.com, Inc., intended until 2002 for use as an online data storage and sharing site.