In September 2007, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo opened an investigation into Facebook's safety measures.

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"Caution should be used in interpreting this small amount of research about a new phenomenon." Sexual predators are not ignoring the social networking space, however.

Last summer My Space deleted as many as 30,000 profiles it said belonged to sexual predators.

Earlier this year, the site also released a joint statement between My Space and the nation's attorneys general, focusing on age verification and the protection of minors already on My Space.

"Between June and October 2007, we conducted over 400 interviews with police about Internet-related sex crimes … and we have yet to find cases of sex offenders stalking and abducting minors on the basis of information posted on social networking sites," report authors said.

My Space made its debut in February 1999, while Facebook was made available to college students in February 2004 and to the general public in September 2006.

Kids with social networking sites are "no more likely than other youths online to have uncomfortable or scary contacts with unknown people," the report said.

Instead, teens are more likely to be targeted by predators via chat rooms and instant messages.

Though social networking sites like Facebook and My Space have come under fire in recent years as havens for sexual predators, incidents of predators actually contacting teens through these sites are less prevalent than media reports might suggest, according to a study released this week.

"A close perusal of media stories suggests that online molesters have not changed their tactics as a result of the advent of social networking sites," according to a report from the University of New Hampshire's Internet Solution for Kids, Inc.

that will be published in the February/March issue of American Psychologist.

The study relies on data collected between 20, including interviews with teenage Internet users as well as federal, state and local law enforcement officials.