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Recently a teen from Massachusetts was looking for friends online. Her bio said that she was lonely and looking for love. She arranged to meet someone that she met in a chat room. She was picked up from work, handcuffed, and tortured until she finally was able to call the police. Her friends described her as shy and timid. She had run away from home before saying that she felt lost.

It really makes you stop and think about situations we put ourselves in. You wouldn't get into a car with a stranger or let someone you didn't know into your house or apartment. Why then, do so many people let random individuals from the internet - who they have never even seen - into their lives?

If you are lonely or bored, surfin' the net can give you something to do. But you have to really be careful about certain things. Check these out.

  • Never use your real name.
  • Keep your profile simple, don't include your address or town.
  • Never give out your phone number.
  • If you feel scared or threatened, tell an adult or the police.
  • Don't ever arrange to meet someone you met online.
  • Use common sense in chat rooms or sites that you go to.
  • Always remember, anybody could be lying about anything.

Everyone gets lonely or bored now and then. It can seem like everyone else's life is so exciting. But before you use the internet to spice your life up, look around at what's available in your real world. Find a book to read, volunteer somewhere, take a walk, start a journal or clean your room (I know that's pushin' it.) Just do something that will help make you a better person in the long run.

Don't get me wrong. The internet is huge. You have access to information 24/7, you have access to people all day and night. Just remember that you have to be responsible and make good decisions online, just as you do offline.

Treat the people that you "meet" online like the strangers that they are. You really don't know them. Think about what it's like for you when you are meeting someone for the first time face to face. You might check out what they look like, see who they know... you get the picture. Online, it's hard to do, people may lie about what they look like, how old they are and where they live. Sure there are those stories of people meeting and falling in love or becoming best friends but there are even more horrifying tales like the teen from Massachusetts. Why take the chance?

Have fun and explore but be smart. Protect yourself from whack people. Use your common sense.

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prettypinkgirl333
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hugebear
hugebear posted in Friends:
So basicall, i am changing. Your changing.. so possibly the way you view your friendship is changing too.. I am going into middle school. I am worried if my best freind is becoming a jerk.He has harrased me for not hanging out with him every recess. If you hung out with him before in every recess hes probably feeling like your moving away from him.. and you are since your following statement is He has been ungrateful everytime i did him a favor. Friends doesnt count favours - and what kind of favours do you think your doing for him that he doesnt and hasnt done for you over the years you has been best friends? He even went to do "magic" with his neighbor when i was over. He is also the type that could probably get in trouble the first day. Your making judgements about him and why does you think he is the type that is gonna get in trouble?  Your his friend.  Talk to him... Do you think I should ditch him?. No. Hes growing and changing too.  If he really is your best friend - talk to him.. tell him how your feeling and say what is bothering you and sorts it out. Good luck :love
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Maiiin_Chick4u
Maiiin_Chick4u posted in Style:
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Delancey
Delancey posted in Friends:
Ditch? Absolutely no. And..You should talk to him and ask him what's going on and why he's doing it. But you should ask him calmly or he will feel bad. All the best!!
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iluvme4ever
This is not something that I am at all proud of... I hate myself more everytime I look or even think about it... My wrist My Father My Depression My tears My scissors ......... That's all that I can think about...... All that's going through my head.... I've been dealing with depression ever since I can remember it's not at all something I am proud of....Espically since I get bullied and harassed a lot by classmates and others .......and ever since I've moved and changed schools my life has became my own hell...... And the only way I thought I could control my hell was to escape it...... Just for a while at least ......So I took the green scissors from the dresser and I took my right wrist and left.........I had disappeared.....My heart poured out as well as the blood from my wrist......And after I was finished....I asked for a bandaid ......and I cried harder knowing that no one cared......Oh I don't know where they are.......No why ifs or buts.........And they are the ones who say I was the crazy one as my eyes pleaded with them to understand how hurt I truly was behind those eyes ....The black eyes that disappeared to find help in her pain....... But they know now what I've done at least she knows .....he'll find out when he comes home .......heart broken he'll be .....he's tried several times to make me laugh smile be happy.......But I know he knew we both knew this wasn't working......When he asks to see the scars I'll show him....Knowing painfully Knowing I'm breaking the man who loves me the most...heart.....I guess I wait ...untill he shows ......there's nothing left to do but wait....... [s:sm3/1jw0]
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