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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Internet Predators

I'm sure you've all see the Dateline NBC reports on internet predators by now. They set up sting operations where deputies pose as underage posters (often as young as 12 years old) in internet chatrooms in order to catch sex offenders.

I saw this headline - Man kills self after Internet meeting - on IndyStar.com today and of course the Dateline reports were the first thing that came to my mind. A Michigan man drove to the home of a 16 year old Lebanon, IN girl after meeting her on the internet. He then threatened to kill her and himself. She managed to call police and save herself, but the man shot and killed himself on her front porch. She's lucky to be alive.

Parents, please remember to monitor your children's internet activity. You never know what kind of dangerous wacko may be out there just waiting to prey on the innocent.

4 Comments:

  • At 10:54 AM, May 11, 2006 , Blogger Granny said...

    I saw that too, at least part of it. Scary.

     
  • At 1:49 PM, May 11, 2006 , Blogger Carissa said...

    It's not that far away from where we live too.

     
  • At 11:19 AM, May 12, 2006 , Blogger Anne said...

    I don't understand why there is so much of this going on? What is wrong with people now? Have there always been this many predators, just hiding? In the 20's? The 50's? The 70'? We've already decided that the kids will not have their own computers and the computer will not be in their bedroom. Online chatting? How do you monitor all of it? I'd prefer to just ban it outright but I don't know if it is possible.

     
  • At 11:09 AM, May 16, 2006 , Blogger Granny said...

    It's always been around but was closer to home and it wasn't talked about.

    The net sure makes it easier.

    I have a lockout on the girls' computer and even so I watch them.

    Myspace could be a valuable asset for teens but they don't seem to be able to control their content so I don't want the girls to use it.

     

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