Mail is your central MySpace communication tool. This email-like interface lives on your MySpace home page and lets you contact a user, receive notifications, and hear from friends and other MySpace users.
Unlike your regular email, MySpace mail is internal to the service. It's used by fellow MySpace users to communicate with one another and is not designed to send and receive messages across the Internet to users of other email services. By default, MySpace does send messages to your regular email account (your login email address), notifying you that you have mail, comments, blog posts, invitations, and so on waiting in your MySpace account. You can turn those notifications off in Account Settings if you want.
Whenever you log into MySpace, new mail messages are flagged in bold red in your My Mail box on the left side of your home page.
To read mail messages, follow these steps:
Don't ask us why, but you don't send messages from your MySpace mail or even from your home page. To send a message, follow these steps:
Sent messages are stored in the Sent box for 14 days, and you can check their status (whether the messages were sent, read, or replied to). Currently, this feature is a privacy issue, in that it makes spying easier: You can tell whether a user has read your message, and others can do the same when they view messages they've sent you recently. At this writing, Account Privacy Settings don't address this issue.
Key Parenting Point
Kids are likely to get mail from people they don't know. As with all email, they should be careful about responding or clicking links in those messages that could take them to inappropriate Web sites, and they should be careful about responding to any offers that come via email.