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    Default A Must Read For Parents & Grandparents

    This is scary but unfortunately true... Please pass it on to anyone who has children or grandchildren on line and think they're safe.

    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:

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

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

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

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

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

    Did you have a softball game after school today?

    Yes and we won!!

    That's great! Who did you play?

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

    What is your team called?

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

    Did you pitch?

    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!

    Catch ! 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. Bes ides 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 Cats.
    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 a nd 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 named 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!"


    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.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    United Kingdom

    Default whoa

    whoa scary!...

  3. #3


    Unfortunetly this is a far more common thing than we might realize i think

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003


    been a problem for a long long time dude,its sure not a new thing,i often think a lot of blame should be aimed at parents for not monitoring more of what the kids are up to online and educating them better on the dangers of online chat etc,then on the other hand many parents know nothing about the dangers themselves,terrible sad world we live in sometimes.
    simply me


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