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    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ ALL OF THIS and HAVE YOUR CHILDREN READ IT TOO!

    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:

    ByAngel213:
    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?

    ByAngel213:
    Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

    GoTo123:
    Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

    ByAngel213:
    Of course not. I'm not st upid 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

    GoTo123:
    What is your team called?

    ByAngel213:
    We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

    GoTo123:
    Did you pitch?

    ByAngel213:
    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:
    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. 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 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 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 unt il 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!"

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


    Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

    Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29

  • #2
    Nice post Denver

    I would like to put a joke here, but I want to keep this serious.

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    • #3
      Dateline used this same story and did a piece on it a while back. Personally I dont think any child under the age of 15 should be online unsupervised.

      I know that sounds really over-protective but just last week a child down south (not sure where) met a tragic death after watching Saddam Hussiens execution online.

      He was pretending to be Saddam by hanging himself on a shower rod in his home.

      This online thing seems like a fun place to be and do but it can in many ways be fatal especially for children.
      Last edited by Sam_Z; 01-08-2007, 08:26 PM.

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      • #4
        I don't have any children that young. It's a very serious thing, in fact I've seen a few things posted on this message board that I advised people to be more careful about.
        You hear about things happening all the time to kids because of on-line predators.

        There are two kinds of teams in the AFCW; The losers and the Broncos!!!

        I Support our Troops!
        How do you expect me to have a RED WHITE and BLUE sig when the background is obnoxious white?

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        • #5
          All of my kids are still way too young to do anything other than play Dora on the PC, but stories like this is my biggest fear.

          You can bet I will monitor all of my kids use on the PC when they get older.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sam24
            Dateline used this same story and did a piece on it a while back. Personally I dont think any child under the age of 15 should be online unsupervised.

            I know that sounds really over-protective but just last week a child down south (not sure where) met a tragic death after watching Saddam Hussiens execution online.

            He was pretending to be Saddam by hanging himself on a shower rod in his home.

            This online thing seems like a fun place to be and do but it can in many ways be fatal especially for children.
            I agree with you about the first part. I hate that my little sister is able to be on AIM and all that when noone is home or that she is on AIM at all.




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            All you nooby dooby doos need to stop making stupid threads.:coffee:

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            • #7
              damn thats the most scarriest story ive ever read

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              • #8
                I've thought about this before. Scary.



                PEACE!!!





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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sam24
                  Dateline used this same story and did a piece on it a while back. Personally I dont think any child under the age of 15 should be online unsupervised.

                  I know that sounds really over-protective but just last week a child down south (not sure where) met a tragic death after watching Saddam Hussiens execution online.

                  He was pretending to be Saddam by hanging himself on a shower rod in his home.

                  This online thing seems like a fun place to be and do but it can in many ways be fatal especially for children.
                  I have used the internet since I was 8 years old unsupervised. Of course I always lied about my identity while on the internet to those I did not know. I don't see why more kids just don't do the same thing.

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                  • #10
                    wow.... i dont have aim.... and i have yahoo, but they are friends from school. and only 1 person ever goes online at a time.... i told them my name before..... because they know me... well.. thank god theres people good like that cop...

                    yup....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by UnderArmour
                      I have used the internet since I was 8 years old unsupervised. Of course I always lied about my identity while on the internet to those I did not know. I don't see why more kids just don't do the same thing.
                      because the people they are talking with makes them feel comfortable
                      enough to share personal info....those people that prey on kids on the
                      internet and sick and slick..
                      Tony G


                      The Chefs

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by UnderArmour
                        I have used the internet since I was 8 years old unsupervised. Of course I always lied about my identity while on the internet to those I did not know. I don't see why more kids just don't do the same thing.
                        I'm sure alot do, but over an extended amount of time, they will slip with little tidbits of info, and these perverts are sly enough to put the puzzle together and find what is true or not until they have enough to get you. They build trust, making you think that they "have it just as bad " as you do as far as nagging parents or too strict of parents until you feel safer and start to let your guard down. I just last week told my 15 yr old she was not allowed on MySpace, or any chats and only IM with people I know. You cannot be to safe.
                        sigpic sig by Vulcan thanx buddy

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                        • #13
                          I have to worry about it for my daughter.
                          She already thinks I'm over protective.
                          I'd prefer to be over protective than not have a daughter.
                          "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

                          John Stuart Mill (Look him up )

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                          • #14
                            You do have to worry about what your
                            Children are doing as they may want "friends"
                            But those "friends" could turn out to be predators
                            Wanting to do something much, much, more worse
                            If you aren't careful. I don't have any children but I have
                            Seven nephews and nieces.
                            Please either put a blocker in or something to block
                            That kind of stuff harmful to your children.
                            There are sickos out there.

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