Put a badge on your page

Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff is taking a new tack in the effort to thwart sexual predators. He’s asking kids with MySpace pages to add a little safety to their sites.

Warning in a press release that “online predators creep onto MySpace.com to lure teenagers,” Reniff wants kids to add him to their circle of “top friends” so that predators will “think twice about contacting that child.”

The Sheriff’s Department has set up its own MySpace page. It includes information on using the Internet safely and will provide a link to the Sheriff’s Department Web site. It can be reached at www.myspace.com/buttecountysheriff.