Online – Life Saving Info, Protect Our Children

Frankly said, I got the idea to post this entry after getting an e-mail from my friend. Reading the e-mail all way to the end make me must post this as my next entry.

Everything about personal info phishing is being a regular activities within online world, but when it comes to serial killer or maybe villain – thing might get so dangerous which can even threaten life it self.

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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 yo u?

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.

*****NOW****

EVEN FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND
IT TO FRIENDS
THAT DO HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN

Now, I’ve made my role, how’s yours’?

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