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Talking To Strangers

My children don't have a Facebook account. They don't have a cell phone. 

This doesn't make my 12 yr. old happy.

She was pleasantly surprised recently when we allowed her to create a site dedicated to a book series that she loves. (WarriorCatFanArt.webs.com)  I'm all for it.  She plans on sharing her artwork and asks others to contribute their creations.  I watch what she posts and what is posted to her.  If I feel she's giving too much information I tell her 'that part needs to be changed'.  This direction confuses her because she knows I have blogs and share and communicate with "strangers", so why can't she?

Some how the saying "because I'm an adult, that's why" doesn't seem appropriate.  I can argue that I understand what information is OK to share with someone I've never met face-to-face but, do any of us really know if our seemingly innocent sharing of day-to-day life isn't being read by someone with ill intentions? 
No, no we don't .

I have been the receiver of mean comments on my blog before and it's really thrown me.  These comments were left by the infamous "Anonymous".  It took me a while to shake it off and realize that the words that this "person" chose to hurl my way should be given as much merit as they have given themselves - breaking their moniker down:  A non - a non person.  Brush it off, let it go.

But it isn't easy.

Words that are directed at you have such force, it's incredible.  Good words, bad words.  It's powerful stuff. 

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