I am absolutely speechless about a story that I just read on another friend’s blog. It is about a very self-conscious, shy young girl with poor self-esteem. She was 13 years old when she hung herself in her closet while her parents were in the kitchen – because of hateful classmates/adults played a prank on her involving what she believed to be a boy who liked her on MySpace. If anyone has heard one story about the dangers of MySpace for our kids you have heard a hundred. This is one more to add to the pile. Go here to read about Tina Meier. Then come back to comment.
Lauren has been wanting a Myspace account for a long time. A couple of months ago I decided to get one to feel it out. I do NOT like what I have seen there. Therefore, she is not allowed to have an account there. I’m not completely comfortable with having one there myself. But I want to keep up with what their friends are saying and doing. It helps me to keep a protective eye on their generation. When I explained to Lauren why she couldn’t have an account she understood. She currently has a Shoutlife page – which is a Christian site similar to Myspace.
I feel like I am being a responsible parent by keeping an eye on the internet. The kids are allowed some freedom here but I am always one step behind them. It’s my job to protect them. I don’t want to smother them. What good would that do? Eventually they are going to be out there. But for now I will keep an eye out.
But this poor girl was taken advantage of because of the heartless actions of an adult. That just sickens me. Our girls today have very fragile self-esteem at this age. We must guard it with everything we are. We never know what route Satan will take to get at them.
Talk to your kids!! And when you do – be honest with them! They need to know that they can trust us and that we have their best interests at heart. Leave no stone unturned. You never know when your sitting down to talk with them will make all the difference in the world.