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I often tell them:
'You may think you're chatting with a 14 year old girl, but it may very well be a dirty old man!'
I'm going virtual!
So to keep an eye on my kids' virtual safety I try to keep tabs on the people they associate with. Even if that means going virtual!
So I followed my son's virtual girlfriend on Twitter. And I added his newest girlfriend, Kathy, as my friend on Facebook.
Still, I was surprised when I received this message:
'Hi Mom! I hope you are doing ok. I heard you made an appointment at the hairdresser for Jan on Saturday. Does he really have to cut his hair? I know it's a little long, but it looks so cute right now. But you're his mom and i respect your opinion and decision so i understand if he has to cut it.'
Response to my virtual daughter in law
After careful consideration I replied:
'Hi Kathy! Thanks for your input, which is greatly appreciated. Your kind words have made me stop and think about Jan's hair. I would not want to make him any less cute. I will use the next couple of days to do some serious reconsidering!
I didn't have to wait long for an answer.
'Thanks! That's all I can ask for.'
I can only hope, any real life, would-be daughters in law, will me as respectful as the virtual ones!
How do you make sure your kids are safe online?