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The other day my son was calling for me. My daughter replied," He's on-line 2cooln'."

As parents, we are constantly modeling behaviors by our actions. My family sees me on 2cool for hours every day. It's natural that they want to go on line and make on line friends too.

The other night my family and I watched "Dateline NBC's" article on on line child predators. We talked to our kids quite a bit on the dangers of chat room and cyber stalkers.

A friend sent me the following e-mail and I thought I would share it with you. There are dangers on line that we should all be aware of. No site is free from the dangers nor is any age group.

I feel safe here on 2cool and that makes me more vulnerable as well.

I am not bashing 2cool so don't even go there. 99.999% of the people on here are great. I am just discussing my self realization.

Charlie

Quote From E-mail:

>Shannon could 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 pace. She was
>afraid to look back and she was glad she was almost home. Shannon said
a
>quick prayer, "God please 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 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 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
>
>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 cam! e 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, 1993
>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 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 God 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 them
>selves. 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
>
 

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Good post boss, I think alot of people now days endager them selves everday, not knowing it. The *** hats that do this need to be shot cause no amount of "rehab" helps them, 1 shot and youre done with them.
 

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I saw the show on Web-Cams the other day. A 13yo boy had about 1200 online pervs sending him special requests in exchange for money and gifts. It didnt take long before he was molested. Never let your kids have a web-cam and if they have one ....throw it away. There isnt a single reason a child needs a webcam.
 

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Yes the punishment should be castration. Then if they do it again they should blind them. Lets see a blind guy with no nuts do harm to anyone.
 

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CAPSIZED said:
Yes the punishment should be castration.
Using their own teeth to do the cuttin'!!
 

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speckle-catcher said:
have you seen the Dateline series "to catch a predator" that they've been airing recently?

Scary stuff indeed
Whats sad is that there are actually young kids, girls and boys who actually arrange to meet up with strangers for sex and alcohol and meeting up. A number of the fellows interviewed for the dateline story said they had done it before a number of times! EEEK!
got to watch them kiddos!
 

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This is good information to pass on. Thanks, I passed it on to everyone I know who has children and grandchildren.

I'd hate to be the guy that gets caught by me trying to contact my neice or nephew. I won't be as tolerant and the tv guys. Someones going to be hurt real bad!
 
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