Please Read This  

angelofmercy5 60F
12148 posts
7/6/2006 10:14 pm

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7/16/2006 7:07 am

Please Read This

This was sent to me by my husband....but I think it is worth passing on to you. Not only parents can benefit from reading this....but even as adults, we need to know that the people we are talking to and communicating with here on the internet may not always have our best intentions in mind. Feel free to reprint and pass it on.

Kids Need To Know Who They're Talking To

Yes, it takes a few minutes to read...but we need to keep this going for
every kid in America!

Shannoncould hear the footsteps behind her as she walked toward home.
The thought of being followed made her heart beat faster. "You're being
silly, she told herself, "no one is following you."
To be safe, she began to walk faster, but the footsteps kept up with her
She was afraid to look back and she was glad she was almost home.
Shannonsaid a quick prayer, "God pleas e get me home safe."
She saw the porch light burning and she leaned against the door for a
moment, relieved to be in the safety of her home.
She glanced out the window to see if anyone was there.
The sidewalk was empty.

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get
She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213.
She checked her Buddy list and saw GoTo123 was alraedy logged 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 neighbourhood?


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


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 Cantonbecause 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 eight 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

Shannondidn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from
the ball park 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, Shannonhad 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
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.

Shannonwas 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."

Shannonsat 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," Shannonanswered.

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

Shannonwas stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo123 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 find 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. Your 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."

Shannonwas 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. And 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.


rm_WackyEPP 54F
8470 posts
7/7/2006 12:18 am

Thanx for that, a lesson for adults as well as children to learn from.

Hope you don't mind, but I've linked on my blog. The more people who read this the better.


Wacky Jacky

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
7/7/2006 1:17 am

thanks hun,works for kids as well as we adults too,a little bit of info goes a long way

I'm a

i'm here to stay

redrobin012057 61F

7/7/2006 1:20 am

Thanks, I'll be sure to pass this on.I wish I had this 5 years ago,I caught my 16 yr old daughter chatting to a 17yr old boy, even sent him a photo of her and her sister, I was as mad as hell at her, then she asked why?What did I do?I said to her, NUMBER 1# rule, if I don't know them, you don't talk to them.

phoenix639 50F

7/7/2006 1:48 am

Bloody hell.

Im printing this out for J (my 13 year old daughter) to read.

I dont allow her to IM anyone & she has only one person on her msn. But one day she will IM more people.

Fabulous post Angel & one i will link to my blog.

horny4770 61M
8158 posts
7/7/2006 3:36 am

Thanks Angel...we can't be too careful these days...

VATraveler1948 69M

7/7/2006 3:54 am

Good post Angel!

JazzDlight 60F

7/7/2006 3:54 am

Excellent post Angel, and I will forward it. Yes never can be too careful and sometimes we forget (myself included) that not all people in the world are nice and have our best interests are heart. Thank you for the reminder, I am guilty of being to open sometimes because I tend to forget myself. Hugs, Jazz

fallinStrgazer 55F
388 posts
7/7/2006 4:41 am

What a story... a very good one at that... I will send this out to people on my mail list... maybe another child will be protected because of it... Thanks for posting that...Have a good day

rm_gwalker_oh 56M
54 posts
7/7/2006 5:50 am

A great example of how easy it is to inadvertently give out information, a bit a time but so it adds up enough so a person may be actually identified and located.

We've been trying to get my stepdaughter to understand this. This story is a great example, and I'm sure she'll understand it!

I'm going to spread this around.

steamyandsexybi 45F
2784 posts
7/7/2006 6:07 am

Thanks Phoenix! I printed this out and gave it to my daughter as well as her friends. She's a very young, naive teenager too. Hopefully, after this and many other talks with her, she'll be more aware of what CAN happen. I wouldnt ever be able to live with myself if anything even close came to happen to her. She's my life and I'll do anything to protect her.
Thank you!

rm_plyful_me 48F
2 posts
7/7/2006 7:01 am


smoothnjuicy4u 51F

7/7/2006 7:20 am

Hi angelofmercy,

I am gonna copy this for my son and email it to him.
I truly appreciate the kind words yesterday, they did help me.

Hugs Smooth

PassionKisses4Me 45F

7/7/2006 7:45 am

Just goes to show you that the world is indeed a very mean ugly place for us all...esp our children


rm_wetme1963 54F

7/7/2006 9:21 am

although this is a reasonable possibility, i invite you all to check the web before panicking, specifically this link:
Have a great day!

florallei 100F

7/7/2006 10:53 am

We can be so trusting and naive...for the is a good lesson...hopefully we can be better aware...not scared. Thank you

HBowt2 60F

7/7/2006 11:29 am

scary isn't it?...

themisskrissy 57F
2302 posts
7/7/2006 1:24 pm

thanks for taking the time to post it.. it is off to the kids in my world!!

Virtue Alone Ennobles

phoenix639 50F

7/7/2006 1:47 pm

I printed this & have shown this to my daughter.

Ive asked her to show her friends this too.

I attended J's parents evening tonight & took along a copy of this to give to one of her teachers & asked if she could ask the head master to circulate this to all pupils.

If this post saves just one child it is worth it.

Angel i thank you from the bottom of my heart for this.

seek_u_topia 52M

7/7/2006 2:18 pm

very interesting...always good to be reminded of such things...and to remind our children. Thanks're an Angel! And thanks to your husband too.

Looking0100 55M

7/7/2006 2:45 pm

I do not have kids and I do not know anyone with kids.

I cannot make use of this post myself. But, I am sure other bloggers can. Good post. Very caring and kind.

You know about the recent trouble that imladybambi has had as a member (couple). I am sorry to see them go. I will miss both Connie and Chuck (Lady Bambi and Mr. Bambi). They were incredibly helpful to me. And they both considered me a friend.

But, I think they may hang around for a while as AtomicKisss, but maybe mostly to stay connected to their friends. The most recent post for AtomicKisss was on June 8th, while imladybambi no longer exists.

rm_hotpockets20 53F

7/7/2006 3:13 pm

I was just telling my niece about this very thing. She thinks it's cool to go to chat lines and she told me that its just for high school students. What she doesn't understand is that anyone can say that they are in high school and you would never know if they really were unless you met them in person. Many kids actually make dates with people over the internet without knowing who the person is that they are going to meet. That scares me because I have 4 kids and nieces and nephews that have access to the internet. Thanks for the story. I'll let my kids read it.

spacecadet561 61M

7/7/2006 3:36 pm

Yipes! I've heard the horror stories. Then again, it's not just the internet stalkers who are a threat. We recently had a 9 months pregnant, 14 year old girl murdered here (yes, about to deliver, and only fourteen). The alleged father of the baby (age twenty) has been charged in connection with the murder, along with the person he allegedly hired to actually do the job. Even grownups can be victimized in these ways. We can never be too careful.


sexyariesgirl 58F

7/7/2006 3:57 pm

GREAT post Angel! Thank you.....

Power To FOK

amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
7/7/2006 3:58 pm

A while back, Oprah had a teenage boy who was IMing with what he thought was a teenager. The person turned out to be a perv. It started out innocently enough with the boy being asked to show his face. ( he was younger at the time ) Then it progressed to showing various parts of his body, until he was on camera totally naked. He then went on to be into pornography, and eventually prostitution. So much evil exists that it boggles the mind.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

7/7/2006 4:50 pm

Whoa that is some scary shit Angel, a lesson for both kids and adults alike...I'll sure keep this in mind when chatting on line and pass it on too....Ready


rm_wetme1963 54F

7/7/2006 5:21 pm

sorry, our friendly host has blocked the site for research, just search for snopes!

BatgirlNHardCock 53M/41F

7/7/2006 5:30 pm

awesome! even when you think that you know better, it is nice to get a dose of reality like this. very refreshing.

Panthiest 74M

7/7/2006 5:57 pm

Thnaks Angel...I teach middle school - might be a good thing for the kids to read as it illustrates EXACTLY what is meant by givingout info. Yong kids think all adults are dorks (Remember?) and your story pointed out an important fact. Kids THINK htey are being careful so when you ask, they give you the "You Dork" look. And it can fool us into thinking these kids really are knowledgable but in reality, they aren't. They're just learning how the world works and many believe it's all fairytales and rainbows (the kids I teach come from the other side and believe it's all ganstas and survival)

Good work....Blog on!


7/7/2006 7:20 pm

Great post...

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

mycin62 55F

7/7/2006 8:52 pm

Great post Angel!! Something every kid should know.

rm_DarknStar 55F
2823 posts
7/7/2006 9:12 pm

Awesome Post!! THX for sharing it!! *HUGS*

gloriousjourney 40M
62 posts
7/7/2006 9:17 pm

very informative. thank you. anyone that has sexual thoughts about another under the age of 18 should get the death penalty, in my opinion.

ShyWhisper2006 54F
15175 posts
7/8/2006 2:51 am

Always a good thing to be informed of and how easily things are said innocently and yet...may be dangerous...thank you angel

twirly_girl 48F

7/9/2006 11:55 am

The internet.
Both a wondrous and scary place to be.
This is a really good story. Thanks for
sharing it. Goes to show you never know.


lustcurious42 57F

7/9/2006 6:42 pm

As a mom of two teenage girls, I'm going to send to them and take the liberty of also posting on my blog. I hope you don't mind. And thanks so much for sharing.

rm_abutoo2 45M
1078 posts
7/10/2006 2:56 pm

don't talk to strangers applies online too... pretty scary world eh? I'm going to link this blog so others can read it too.


amoldenough 71F
16436 posts
7/11/2006 4:25 pm

This has happened too many times for it to be an urban myth.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

jl2718 42M/42F
1 post
7/14/2006 7:37 am

Thank you so much Angel for such a wakeup call with your lifesaving message... We really have no idea at all about the people we converse with daily on here..It's a good lesson whether male or female..child or adult .Everybody needs to be aware of their surroundings on and off here...My better half and I have 6 kids between us and they are all beyond precious to us.

fifar4 54M

7/16/2006 9:21 am

You're so damn right Angel! In this crazy world there's no limit to how perverted some individuals can be. Congrats also to that cop. The net is a jungle and we members need to be aware of that.

sunshinekzn 59F

7/18/2006 5:41 am

Wow, this is quite a eye opener. Thank for this blog!!!

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