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Old 10-23-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

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Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

GoTo123:
LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

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Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

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Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

ByAngel213:
Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

GoTo123:
Did you have a softball game after school today?

ByAngel213:
Yes and we won!!

GoTo123:
That's great! Who did you play?

ByAngel213:
We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

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What is your team called?

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We are the Canton Cat s. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo123:
Did you pitch?

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No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

GoTo123:
Cat ch you later. Bye

Meanwhile......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cat s. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely. He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

" Shannon , come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !" The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You name the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh . It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down together and thanked for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation.

*****NOW*****

Please send this to as many people as you can to teach them not to give any information about themselves. This world we live in today is too dangerous to even give out your age, let alone anything else.

EVEN FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND IT TO FRIENDS THAT DO HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN.

O.K. I know it'as kind of hokey, but it does bring up a good point, not just for kids, but for some of the single women here too.
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i read something like this in school growing up...
how is your weekend so far? i thought, nah i better not come by to say hey because i didn't want to get shot this morning
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Even if they did, and for all I know they do, it would be difficult to even make a dent in deterring crime. especially when you consider the amount of kids online today.
That's why it's up to us to secure our own safety.
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EXACTLY..........sure it's great we have cops..........but they can't be everywhere all the time.
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it just seems like common knowledge that if you tell someone where you live, etc. they are going to be able to find you. doesn't take a 3 page story to say that. but yeah, kids need to know there are predators out there...though i think most of them do..
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it just seems like common knowledge that if you tell someone where you live, etc. they are going to be able to find you. doesn't take a 3 page story to say that. but yeah, kids need to know there are predators out there...though i think most of them do..
Easy for you to say........
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it just seems like common knowledge that if you tell someone where you live, etc. they are going to be able to find you. doesn't take a 3 page story to say that. but yeah, kids need to know there are predators out there...though i think most of them do..
The problem with kids is.. they think they are invincible due to the sheltered lives they live under the wing of their parents.

Invincibility gives them a sense of passiveness about certain things, such as internet conversations. "How could something I type on my keyboard haunt me in real life?" They do not even begin to comprehend it, they are aware of what they see on tv.. but again, it's not sitting in their living room in person, so it is not real enough for them.

While sheltering kids and letting them 'be kids' is a big part of being a parent, teaching them responsibility for the activities they are involved in, is just as important. We can't count on others to raise our kids, it's our job.

A while back CajunSoulja was telling us about how to properly address your audiance, so that you can speak to them in a manner they can relate to in order to get your message across. For us as adults, yes, you can simply say "Don't do that , you'll get hurt" and we, as adults, can draw apon our life experiences in our mind to correlate the deeper meaning of that sentance.

However Children have little or no life experience to draw on, so you have to build that life experience for them through the use of the '3 page story' so that they can see how you arrive at the conclusion "dont' do that, you'll get hurt".

BTW, where you been?
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The problem with kids is.. they think they are invincible due to the sheltered lives they live under the wing of their parents.

Invincibility gives them a sense of passiveness about certain things, such as internet conversations. "How could something I type on my keyboard haunt me in real life?" They do not even begin to comprehend it, they are aware of what they see on tv.. but again, it's not sitting in their living room in person, so it is not real enough for them.

While sheltering kids and letting them 'be kids' is a big part of being a parent, teaching them responsibility for the activities they are involved in, is just as important. We can't count on others to raise our kids, it's our job.

A while back CajunSoulja was telling us about how to properly address your audiance, so that you can speak to them in a manner they can relate to in order to get your message across. For us as adults, yes, you can simply say "Don't do that , you'll get hurt" and we, as adults, can draw apon our life experiences in our mind to correlate the deeper meaning of that sentance.

However Children have little or no life experience to draw on, so you have to build that life experience for them through the use of the '3 page story' so that they can see how you arrive at the conclusion "dont' do that, you'll get hurt".
if someone really wanted to track down a child that badly, they could do it with the IP address, couldn't they?
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