After complaints alleged to have been filed by several states attorneys general, parents have now sued MySpace.com in Los Angeles. One of the persons interviews basically says suing MySpace over your minor child meeting a sexual predator on-line is a little like suing the phone company becuase your child talked to someone undesirable. Ultimately it would seem to me that much of the responsibility should fall with the parent. While I don’t know the particulars of this case, and thus decline to comment on it specifically, it would appear that this suit is over-reaching. You can find out more about the particulars at many sites such as this one that gives more particular details about the claims made in these cases.
If your child has access to the internet, you need to have the “don’t ever meet a stranger talk” with them. Just because you talk to someone doesn’t change their status and that is the lure or misconception I think many of us suffer from … that discussion results in someone becoming a friend.