Mommy Going Crazy

May 30, 2006

This is Scarey

Filed under: children,Internet,parenting,safety — by mommygoingcrazy @ 8:52 am

As you know I use nicknames for my children, they are cute but confuse the heck out of me.  I constantly have to delete their real names and put in their nicknames.  So I was going to drop the nicknames and use their real names, until the morning DJ's on my favorite radio station changed my mind.

The DJ's set up a MySpace.com posing as a 14 year old girl.  They had perverts contacting them, which wasn't a surprise.  The surprise was when they reversed it and contacted a girl who had a MySpace account in Plano.  In two short conversations  they were able to find out her real name, what street she lived on, when her parents came home, where she played soccer and her phone number. 

They used the information and went to the area to see if they could find her house.  They were driving on the street and found the house.  Her parents put a placard in their front yard supporting her as a soccer player.  The placard had her name on it.  They went up to the door and confronted the girl and her mother, recording the conversation.  The fear in the mother's voice was chilling.  You could tell the girl was in shock and embarrassed.

I sat in the car and thought, what information do I give on my blog  could narrow down where I live.  My name is in my e-mail, I've said I live in Plano, what if I give out the name of my kid's school.  My mind was whirling.   I thought using nicknames for kids was hard, no way, after listening to the podcasts using their nicknames will never be easier.  Those signs on the lawn and the bumperstickers on the car that I thought were cute, not anymore.  

The First born is on the internet playing games and not chatting yet, but when he does my first rule is that we need to know the kid in person before he can chat with them on instant messangers.  I know the kids will resent the restrictions since I met The husband online and chatted like crazy to strangers but I was lucky and I'm not going to let my kids get exposed if I can help it.

Please listen to the podcasts and post comments, concerns and ideas.  Lets keep the dialogue going about internet safety.  The internet is our community and we want our kids to enjoy it so we need to be armed and dangerous when it comes to protecting our kids.

I'm going to go check out my 16 year old cousins MySpace account, I'm scared to see what she has on it…

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14 Comments »

  1. It is sad that we have come to this point in our society. I never would have imagined that there are so many predators out there and that our children could be so naive!

    Comment by Randall Wall — December 26, 2006 @ 6:15 pm |Reply

  2. iam not surprised todays society hey

    Comment by Marios Loizou — December 31, 2006 @ 12:43 pm |Reply

  3. Defintly sad. What next?

    Comment by Liquid Server — January 20, 2007 @ 5:59 pm |Reply

  4. We must do everything that we think possible to protect our kids from todays society, your taking the right precortions

    Comment by ST — February 27, 2007 @ 4:21 am |Reply

  5. Definitely when you look at the age of different people on myspace it can can be very worrying, its almost like a ‘go ahead’. Cant stand the thing!

    Comment by David — March 21, 2007 @ 10:28 am |Reply

  6. updates on this?

    Comment by How to Study For the MCAT — April 5, 2007 @ 11:33 pm |Reply

  7. nice info well laid out and keep posting

    Comment by parasailing — April 9, 2007 @ 9:19 am |Reply

  8. I’ve had to close my 14 year old sons myspace account, just unbeleivable what goes on.

    Comment by Bill — April 17, 2007 @ 6:46 pm |Reply

  9. Yes, it’s nice point. I am totally agree with you. Thank you, cheers..

    Comment by Gelinlik Resimleri — April 28, 2007 @ 9:56 am |Reply

  10. It is very scary and most pervs are very clever and minipulative. There needs to be a dedicate cyber police (if there is one already then they need to be increased).

    Comment by Adultoysuk — May 10, 2007 @ 1:05 pm |Reply

  11. i hate ppls that manipulate others… it is not good at all and this make our socety worse…

    Comment by shopwoh — May 25, 2007 @ 9:08 am |Reply

  12. Myspace, something should be done about this site. It attracts all the weird’s. What can you do, just educate your children and make them aware…

    Comment by Deane — June 5, 2007 @ 10:24 pm |Reply

  13. What we all tend to forget is that what comes out of our mouth usually to some extent reflects our own backgrounds and information. Even when we are talking about off the wall topics, it will somehow relate to us — talk about basket it means you like basket ball and probably in a team and plays every now and then. When we pick on few things here and there and figure our exactly about you, we call that Human Engineering. How do you think these elite hackers, who say they can shutdown the entire internet across the nation, do the things that they do. You just can’t hack but you need information and you have to have a way to get that information probably through some medium — conversation, emails, internet. I am not one bit surprised that the DJ was able to exactly pin point where you live and where he can find your daughter. Internet is a fun play to be but can be very very dangerous. I have 5 month old son and I am afraid he will be online giving away personal information. We shall see…

    Comment by John Smathers — June 10, 2007 @ 9:38 pm |Reply

  14. It’s the world we now live in.

    Comment by Resell Rights — November 2, 2007 @ 2:57 pm |Reply


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