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June is National Internet Safety Month so what better time to explain to your kids about being cyber safe? When I was a young girl, my parents got me my first computer. That was back when AOL was the big thing so I set up an account and started emailing with my friends. It was great at first until I had a problem one day and contacted an AOL representative to help me. After they helped with the problem, they emailed me and asked if I wanted to keep talking. Since I was only about ten years old and this was an official AOL rep, I thought it would be a good idea just in case I had a problem again. But that's not what he wanted to talk about. He then started instant messaging me, asking questions like "What I was wearing" and "Could you send pictures of yourself?"
This really scared me so I blocked him, but I never told anyone. After that incident, I started getting messages from another person in England that was asking me if I liked to work on the computer naked. This seriously scared me so I blocked everyone from contacting me except for kids my own age.
So a few weeks went by and then I got an invite from a ten year old kid that lived in Chicago who asked if they wanted to talk. Since they were a "kid", I said yes because I had no idea what internet safety was back then. After months of talking, he started wanting to call me on the phone. When I gave him my phone number, only he would call once in a while. But the one time I tried to call him back, an old man picked up the phone. And that's when I finally told my parents everything that had happened.
After that, my parents called the police and found out it was an old man that was using a child to call me and pretend to be a little boy! So that's why when Mary uses the computer, she uses it while I am present in the room and has ultimate safety locks on her accounts.
The internet is a very scary place, more so now then when I was a kid, so I take every precaution. Back then, my parents didn't know anything about computers at all so they explained internet safety to me at all. But now that I know, I make sure to tell Mary to be safe in everything she does.