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banned9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
Just a gentle reminder ................

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.
GoTo1 23: 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 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 named 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
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banned9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
Showed this to my daughter,

she asked "is it a true story"
I said "could it happen"
She said "yes"
I said " then does it really matter if its true or not"
#2
Have read this before and really hits home. Think theres something there everyone can learn from no matter how old.
#3
I found this a really good bit of information!

It really makes you think what kind of monsters are out there :x

Thanks for this Sassie - rep added :thumbsup:

Congrats on 1000 posts too!
banned#4
Becksdawe
Have read this before and really hits home. Think theres something there everyone can learn from no matter how old.

My daughter isnt allowed to use msn, or any chat thingies at home, but still showed her this, years on these kids still dont realise the dangers, mind i sometimes think we as adults dont either, we all give little things away in our posts over time :oops:
banned#5
whats god got to do with it, all down to folk keeping an eye on their kids when they are on line rather than letting them have un restricited access to the net. plus adults should take notice as the threads for I have been ripped off on ebay show :x
#6
dog_cop
whats god got to do with it, all down to folk keeping an eye on their kids when they are on line rather than letting them have un restricited access to the net. plus adults should take notice as the threads for I have been ripped off on ebay show :x


Yes it is down to folks keeping there eye on kids - however there is no harm in thanking god :?

My daughter isnt allowed to use msn, or any chat thingies at home, but still showed her this, years on these kids still dont realise the dangers, mind i sometimes think we as adults dont either, we all give little things away in our posts over time


Adults can be as bad as kids I agree :thumbsup:
#7
That was very good until this bit:-
sassie
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
#8
Well done and Congrats on your 1000th post :thumbsup: Sorry to hijack the thread :oops: :giggle:
#9
I think the moral of this story is very sound and worthwhile showing to children.

However, I dont believe it is a true story as highlighted here

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/shannon.asp
#10
dog_cop
whats god got to do with it, all down to folk keeping an eye on their kids when they are on line rather than letting them have un restricited access to the net. plus adults should take notice as the threads for I have been ripped off on ebay show :x


Reading this might explain why there is a reference to God as it was originally written by two christians warning of the danger of internet chat:roll:


http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/shannon.asp
#11
this really is a good story my child isnt old enough yet but i intend to make her well aware of the interent and like other said it makes me more wary too
banned#12
[quote=Becksdawe]Yes it is down to folks keeping there eye on kids - however there is no harm in thanking god :?


god who he ? and he has not posted any deals as yet
banned#13
Crazy1
Well done and Congrats on your 1000th post :thumbsup: Sorry to hijack the thread :oops: :giggle:

Thanks crazy, at least someone noticed :-D
banned#14
dinosteveus
That was very good until this bit:-


yeah thats when I didnt believe the story :x
banned#15
It isnt about whether the story is true ir untrue, as it does happen i thought i would post just to bump the concerns, sometime we get a little blaze, and to be perfectly honest im not sure why it not being true is a concern :w00t: Pop onto some other threads, all hype and hysteria but we still all post :p
#16
sassie
Thanks crazy, at least someone noticed :-D

I noticed! You obviously didn't read my post....:? :-(
banned#17
sassie
It isnt about whether the story is true ir untrue, as it does happen i thought i would post just to bump the concerns, sometime we get a little blaze, and to be perfectly honest im not sure why it not being true is a concern :w00t: Pop onto some other threads, all hype and hysteria but we still all post :p


thats an understatement on some threads ..one or two I think are foaming at the mouth most of the time :p
banned#18
birdyboyuk
I noticed! You obviously didn't read my post....:? :-(

awwww sorry birdie i did read your post, just didnt notice the last line :oops: Having a head in shed day i think, as i think its gone past a blonde moment ;-)
banned#19
dog_cop
thats an understatement on some threads ..one or two I think are foaming at the mouth most of the time :p

:giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

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