There is a story on the front page of today's Chicago Tribune that is so disturbing I cannot stop thinking about it. A young teen and a friend had a falling out. Instead of saying, "Oh well. It happens." The PARENTS of one of the girls set up a MySpace account as a fictional teen-age boy. They started by pretending to be her friend. Then they relentlessly sent mean, nasty messages to their daughter's former friend. The 13-year-old former friend was so distraught that she committed suicide.
This is something PARENTS did. What I don't understand is what made them concoct this plan. Somewhere, two adults sat around and said, "Hey, let's get back at Megan by harassing her." They knew she struggled with depression, and yet they thought it was a good idea? How warped do you have to be to decide to harass a child because she was no longer your daughter's friends
Our girls are growing up in a house where they will have no expectations of privacy. Our only web-connected computer is in the family room where I can see everything. (They are still young, but it's never too early to plan.) I will monitor them like crazy. It's not that I don't trust them -- or expect that I will be able to trust them -- it's that crazy people exist and want to harm them. If you doubt it, try reading Megan's story from the CNN or the Post Chronicle.