Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Internet safety


My friend AC-Viper sent me this very interesting story about internet safety, she's an adult and she knows this is a very important issue, you might find the story a bit too long but its very interesting and you'll want to know what happens.

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. 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
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!"

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.

Hope you learned something :]


baturyngirl said...

Wow, that's scary, I will make sure not to give out any info on the internet especially to people I don't know. Thanks for posting!!

blondebug said...

I've heard this before, but it's nice to hear it again.

Thank you for posting this!

Baileygirl1212 said...

Wow, this is a great story. Very interesting.
I will remember this to help me.!

lovinitlovinit said...

I've read this before.
But, thank you for the reminder.
Like, seriously - thank you.

Anonymous said...

Stupid XD no one is dumb enf too give out alot of inf like this besides the elites LOL

Bella<3 said...

okay I read the frist part and was like,OMG this is gonna end scary.And Since im about to go to bed...I probally shouldnt Finish.
So Far Its intresting.And Im Sure It teaches a good lesson.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you so much for posting this, I dont give a lot information, but just the little I gave in my presentation is a lot, wow, thnx:)!

rihanna_best_si said...

Yup, I learnt something too.
Note to self; NEVER FIVE PERSONAL INFO out :]

Thanks :D

Fia_fantasy said...

Oh thank you Sahar,for posting this! It's very helpful! :]

Marina said...

Great story. Its a bit scarry but
we all can teach something from it.
That we cant trusth anyone ..
Sahar you are my favourite blogger
here - you always post interesting
themes to talk about ;) good work

Anonymous said...

Thank You , That's what we can call a good lesson =P Thanks again =]
xoxo didi_ps

sahar said...

All the thanks go to AC-Viper ;D

Emorox4eva/Jenna said...

Thanks to you both. It's a nice reminder that even the little pieces of information you give out that you think are not important..could make it easy for some psycho to find you. I will def bem more conscious of what I say.

Daisygirlz said...

Wow, that is really good. I kinda creeped out, but I'm okay now! Thanks for the info :)

Lettie97 said...

Interesting story. :)
It's woken me up a little, I'm gonna be more aware and safe.

Lilla said...

Its scary!! :O :P

♥ Уαšмıиē ♥ said...

Anybody can create a whole new identity easily - and that is why many people probably give out false info when asked for it.

Anonymous said...

So long post and my english is so bad.:D
But I guess it is great story.

lollypop234 said...

Wow! i didnt really think that would happen. i shoud be more careful. thanks for the story! lollypop234 xxx

Lena said...

Wow.. the story really scared me, i thought the man was a murderer, but first stalking her. Really nice story =]]


Anonymous said...

VERY VERY VERY good story. It really opens people's eyes and really makes them be aware of the things that take place on the internet. Hopefully now people will be more careful on what they say to others they dont know online. This story should be on every website to show people all around for be aware of this stuff.

~Thanks for sharing it :)

Anonymous said...

It's really important to post about things like this to make people more aware.

Rachweee123 said...

It's scary.

disco_2 said...

whow, im not given any info, ever. =|

Lillyandmile/sarra said...

wow! lucky! i watched this thing when a girl told someone online that her parents were out and she was homealona and she thought she was talking to a 10 year old but really it was a drunk 50 year old phsyco, he took all her information one by one and when he knew where she lived, her got to her home with huge scissors and hid in her basement and at night he came into her room and usually her dog sleeps under her bed, the man licked the girls hands and she thought it was the dog, the man cut the dog into pieces with the huge scissors and she felt that the dog was gone, she put on her light, the man ran out and she saw blood so she ran out screaming and the police came...she was lucky..the man was gonna kill her! wow better watch out who your talking to, you never know!

Rit@ said...

Great story (a little scary, but great).

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