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My Death Space
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site details stories of untimely deaths, linking the profiles of MySpace users with their obituaries -- although the two sites are completely unrelated. The stories are generally about young people who have died tragically -- suicides, murders, domestic violence, car accidents, drug overdose. The more tragic and the more celebrity the deceased passing includes, the more attention it gets on this site.
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Is it any good?
This online obituary site lets readers read and comment on death news about people with online or celebrity identities. If anything, perhaps teens and young adults who visit this site can be warned about the fatal dangers of drug addiction, depression, domestic violence and other unhealthy lifestyles. Overall, this site promotes fascination with untimely death in ways that are more scary than supportive. In theory, there's a useful purpose for a site like this, similar to the obituaries in newspapers. In practice, however, most parents will not be comfortable with their children, teens or young adults spending much time on this site, which feels more like an obsession with death than a new way to record personal passings.
Online interaction: Any registered user can post comments and information about a death. The interactions are grim but not necessarily mean.
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