(I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but felt uneasy about publishing it. But now I’m going to. Because I think it’s important, even if it’s not Very Funny.)
After years of telling my kids Don’t Talk To Strangers and even singing the song a few times, my 13 year old daughter told me that a friend of hers told her about this crazy fun site where you can talk to strangers. It’s totally anonymous and “it’s a great way to waste time!”
My reaction was: “You are trying to kill me dead. After all I’ve done for you. You are forbidden to go on that site ever again.”
Husbandrinka’s reaction was less strong.
So of course I checked it out.
This was my first chat.
Ok, why the fuck is the 13 year old looking for 13-16 year olds?! OMG.
This was my second chat. (Click on it to enlarge, in case you don’t have Bionic Eyes.)
And then my near-hookup:
Fine, I lied about my age. That’s not the point.
I’m glad that my daughter talks to me. I’ve looked at her chat history and it’s all totally innocent, if a little obnoxious. But chances are the chats she had were with adults. And that is just terrifying.
She knows not to ever disclose her name, address, age, anything. But that doesn’t mean that she can’t get involved in a conversation with an adult that she simply can’t handle.
So, for the sake of everything, look at what your kids are doing online. Constantly. And check out those sites.
Who knows, you may even get a blog post out of it.
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