The women had different ideas about why children have no qualms about talking to strangers online and why parents remain in the dark about this behaviour.This discussion led me to do some deep-thinking on this very pertinent, and in today’s context, very important issue.At a recent ladies’ get-together, discussion about the murky world of online grooming, cyber stalking, and identity thieves found its way to our lunch table.Everyone had a story to relate about Facebook friends turning kidnappers, handsome teens in chatrooms turning out to be adult men, children revealing personal details while playing online games and so on. Maybe they say they live near you or like the same music as you.
(Not to mention his trust in his loved ones.) The same goes for the young ladies here. Here’s the latest “Parents, Please Commence Freaking Out” video.It reminds me of the Joey Salads video, obviously, but also of the parents who had their 6 year old snatched, blindfolded and led down into a basement where the “kidnapper” threatened to nail him to the wall — all to teach him not to talk to strangers.What is so hard to understand is that, first of all, our kids today are NOT in constant danger.Also: The vast majority of crimes against children are committed NOT by sneaky strangers, but by people they truly know.