Erick mentioned Sen. Staton’s plan to give parents access to their kid’s MySpace accounts. Personally I think there are better ways to deal with this issue. However, the issue is an emotional one – and a real one – especially for parents of teenagers. Teenagers, in the words of Red Forman, are ‘idiots.’
Last night at Hull Middle School in Gwinnett some parents discussed the issue of internet safety and a father related this story:
DULUTH — About a week after David Richardson’s daughter graduated Mill Creek High School, she moved away from home to live with a person she had met online.
She was 18, and she was in love — and nothing her parents said to her stopped her from leaving.
It’s been almost a year since she moved away, and Richardson said as far as he knows, his daughter is physically OK, but “an otherwise smart girl” gave up acceptance to Georgia Tech to move in with a stranger.
Richardson said his daughter was making good grades in school, had good SAT scores, and had been driving for a year without receiving any tickets or getting into any accidents. But he did not know what she was doing online.
“When they’re running their lives in a responsible manner, you don’t want to fight all the time,” he said.