A Warning for Kids
Shannon could hear the footsteps behind her as she
walked toward home. The thought of being followed made
her heart beat faster.
"You're being silly," she
told herself, "no one is following you." To be safe,
she began to walk faster, but the footsteps kept up
with her pace. She was afraid to look back and she was
glad she was almost home. Shannon said a quick prayer,
"God please get me home safe."
She saw the porch
light burning and ran the rest of the way to her house.
Once inside, she leaned against the door for a moment,
relieved to be in the safety of her home. She glanced
out the window to see if anyone was there. The sidewalk
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
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
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 kewl.
GoTo123: 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
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
State where she lived: North Carolina
Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to
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.
knew she was in the seventh 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 ball park that day. She didn't
want them to make a scene and stop her from walking
home from the softball games.
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
By Thursday, Shannon had
forgotten about the footsteps following 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 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.
her father began, "this man has just told us a most
interesting story about you." Shannon moved cautiously
to a chair across from the man 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
You see, Shannon, there are people on-line
who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while
others do it to find 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 give out too much information to
You told me enough about
yourself to make it easy for me to find you. Your name,
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."
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
"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.
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."
"I won't," Shannon promised solemnly.
"Will you tell others about this so they will be
safe too?" "It's a
That night Shannon and her dad and Mom all knelt
down together and prayed. They thanked God for
protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic
Please send this to as many people as you can to
teach them not to give any information about
This world we live in today is too
dangerous to even give out your age, let alone anything else.
EVEN FORWARD THIS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT
KIDS SO THEY CAN SEND IT TO FRIENDS
My name is Karen.
You can CC&P this text to put in your email,
or just send this page to friends.
Which ever one you choose; you will be getting this Important Message out.
Please, sit down and read this with your children and discuss the seriousness of this matter.
Parents, please watch your children, while they are on the computer and take what ever precautions to safe guard your children from these preditors.
Let us all help to rid Cyberspace of these pedophiles.
~ Children: Our Hope ~ Our Future ~
Peace~Blessings to you and yours.
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