Dangers of Internet Chatting

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Tellico00, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

    Collierville, T
    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:
    By Angel213: 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 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 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 now.
    Shannon didn'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, 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 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 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."
    Shannon was still 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. Now, how about telling 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.

    An afterthought. . . your son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter may be big, tall, smart, etc. for their age, but lock in on this: 13 is still 13. Psychologically, that kid is just as impressionable, naive, hungry for love and appreciation and attention as any other 13-year-old in history. PLEASE remember that no matter how supernaturally bright YOUR kids/grandkids are, they're still kids. And there are sexual predators living among us all.
    www.familywatchdog.us will let you see just how many and how close. PAY ATTENTION, PEOPLE. Notice how many of them live close to elementary and junior high schools. Then consider passing this
    little story along.

    When it gets right down to it, they're all 'our' kids--aren't they?

  2. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

    Wilmington, NC
    Yeah you've got to be safe, there are a lot of creep's out there. There was a new's thing on that not too long ago, a lot of the sexual predator's were teacher's and stuff!

    The BOC Chat is litterly the only chat I ever go in! I don't trust any other one's!


  3. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

    Collierville, T
    You cannot be to careful these days! It is a shame our children cannot enjoy their childhood.
  4. TeamCatHazzard

    TeamCatHazzard New Member

    Yea it is amazing how good a tool the internet can be, but how fast you can get into trouble on it! SOO many younger kids these days use it and would fall into that same trap that you mentioned! Good post! Its such a shame that we have people out there in the world like that!
  5. MilwaukeeCatHunter

    MilwaukeeCatHunter New Member

    You should just keep a close watch on your kid's internet usage at all times. Get one of those spyware programs that tells you what sites they are on. The internet is a tool that is easily exploited by sexual predators. I had the occasion to work on several internet child enticement investigations when I was a juvenile investigator. Some of the things these predators do is just beyond belief. There are so many of these perverts out there that police just can't keep on top of it.

    I can go into a chat room right now posing as a kid, and I guarantee you that I can get hit on by a pervert within 10 minutes. (Obviously I am not talking about BOC)

    One of the networks recently had a special on TV. Their reporter posed as a juvenile on the internet, and the reporter got dozens of perverts to come to a house for a meet. I think one guy was a rabbi or priest.
  6. armynavy

    armynavy New Member

    Yes and there are way to many people with too much time on there hands. I have seen my brother on a chat room for 10 hrs and only came out to go to bathroom or get a drink. And he has meet a few of these chatters. He is 37 so I cant say to much except be careful but he wont listen either. Got to watch them close.
  7. MilwaukeeCatHunter

    MilwaukeeCatHunter New Member

    Sounds like me. My wife is yelling at me because I am spending so much time on BOC. Maybe she is just mad because I don't even bother to get up from the computer when I have to go to the bathroom. Don't want to miss anything. LOL
  8. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

    Blanchester, Ohio
    You still have to watch what info you give out, those type of people can be in any chat room, just a thought.
  9. ksutroubleii

    ksutroubleii New Member

    New Philadelphia, OH
    Nice post. Please watch your children on the internet.
  10. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

    Wilmington, NC
    Yeah, you're right. You have to be safe ANYWHERE on the internet, but the BOC Chat is a whole lot safer then one's like Yahoo. It sure is a shame that there's so many creep's out there!