Schmokie_Dragon, on Jun 10 2006, 09:17 PM, said:
I dont think that the mother should be blamed for letting her kid go, on the pretence she was going on holiday. I think the big mistake her mother made was not checking the travel and accommodation plans. If she had done that, she would surely have descovered that it was all a ruse.
I have to totally agree with you on this....
I would check details like that. Just because your child has never lied before does not mean that they won't. But where did this girl get the money for the trip? Did the guy send it to her or what?
I do check on details for my own child and that is just with sleepovers with the little girl around the corner...who we don't deal with for the reason which I give under the next quote...
I want to know who is going or going to be there...what they are doing..etc
But as for letting her kid go on the internet? What kind of a world do we live in where parents are expected the supervise the internet use of 16 year olds? The kid was an idiot and she sould take responsibility for that idiocy.
Unfortunately parents do need to check up on what their kids are doing online. Just having the computer in a common area...like the family room, living room, wherever can stop some of the late night, secretive online activity.
The girl did act irresponsibly. But online predators seduce these kids into believing they are their one true love, their soulmate when all they want is sex.
As for what I said above about not letting my daughter sleepover or hang out at the little girl around the corner's house(let's call her K).....I found out thru my daughter that K was going online and Iming and chatting with guys---while posing as a 15 yr old (she's only 11) There is no parental supervision over there most of the time. (my daughter does not get to sleepover or play there when the parents are not there)
When I told the parents what their child was doing, they got mad at me....not my fault that she was doing it or that my child feels comfortable enough (at this point anyway) to tell me stuff like this. So my daughter became the trouble make in their eyes.
Wonder if they will feel like that when she runs away to meet one of these guys? And it will happen if they don't change things