Friday, May 20, 2005

Being a Concerned Stranger

So I'm not a big TV watcher. I watch Lost on Wednesdays, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on most Sundays, and that's about it. But the other night I watched a show about teens who have been abducted, abused, raped, etc... by people who found their personal information online through things like their blog profiles.

Tonight, mindlessly bored, I decided to spend some time reading random blogs, and ran across a blog owned by a teenaged highschool girl. She gave her full name, the name of her town and state, her highschool, and other information about her town. It was a small town and an unusual last name.

I decided to test the television program's validity. I went to, entered her last name, town and state. There was only one entry with that last name, it had to be her. So then I sit there, staring at the screen, cell phone in hand, wondering if I should call the number and warn her parents! I didn't, I made a comment on her blog, in hopes that she'll take my advice and remove some info. But I'm worried for her. I'm a parent, I have a kid in highschool - and I could just picture those stories on the show. . .

1 comment:

  1. My mom came up with a good suggestion. Write her father a letter and include a printout of the information from her page.