Friday, June 24, 2011

fff55. Social not-working III

Keely was flattered when Mike asked to be her friend online. He’d seen her photo and thought she was pretty. Yeah, yeah, she could hear teachers and her mum warning about stranger danger, but he wasn’t a stranger was he? She’d seen his photo. But she wondered why his dad had come to meet her.

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I used to work for a company that supplied software to schools. Children can be very tech savvy but they are not so smart when it comes to protecting themselves.

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14 comments:

Stranger said...

creepy!

Margaret said...

Yes, creepy! A little bit too much of "living vicariously" through your child, I think...

Jarmara Falconer said...

Oh god it's so, so true. Children want so much to be all grown up but their minds haven't reached mature and that, they can't understand.

The picture in my mind was brilliant, well done, AJ

Steve Isaak said...

Solid, effective.

Brian Miller said...

oy yeah, children should certainly be supervised online and taught about predators...ugh.

Alice Audrey said...

Tell me about it! I found out last night that my son text messaged his butt to an acquaintance of a friend. This after having ditched two girlfriends who did similar. *shudder*

Akelamalu said...

It happens all too often, scary isn't it? :(

kavisionz said...

It's really quite scary... And photos can be very deceptive (and OLD!) :(

Belinda Munoz said...

Oh, no! Their tech-savviness just may lead them to danger.

Monkey Man said...

Yikes! Well played.

G-Man said...

Dang AJ....
Your funk is apparent!

Excellent 55 My friend
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Jingle said...

powerful.
well done.

:)

Leo said...

You know, till the comments came, I didn't think of the father contacting through the son way. I thought it was an old photograph that he had put, of himself.

Such social networking hazards are common, too common nowadays! Kids do need supervision in that way!

snafu said...

When my children were small, one of their friends was seen talking to a man that his mother did not recognise. She quickly intervened and the man went away. 'I have told you NEVER to talk to strangers!' was her immediate response, and her son replied 'He was not a stranger, he was quite normal.' Language can be confusing for children and after that incident I always used two different ways of saying something important to my children.