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(September 25, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Scary Halloween Dolls in CostumesIt's a dangerous world out there. I'm not just trying to sound like your mom or your teachers; it really is. If you can ever tear yourself away from Wisteria Lane long enough to watch the news, you'd see that girls go missing or get hurt all of the time, and a lot of those girls were taken or hurt by men they met on the internet.

Now, I know you would never intentionally seek out some odd thirty-five year-old man who lives in his parents' basement with a pet rat, but he might be sitting on the internet intentionally trying to find you. Some people are just sick, and they make it their job to be good at hiding who they are and what they like to do with their spare time.

Protect Yourself

When you are on the internet, there is not a single safe place. Even sites like The Doll Palace aren't completely safe, although I am constantly trying to make it as safe as possible.Angel Dolls and AngelsYou can have a blast making dolls and sharing them with friends, but you don't really know who else is online making or reading comments, checking out dolls, and chatting.

Think about it. If you were interested in finding young girls online, where would you look? These guys (and sometimes girls) are smart and know where girls like you hang out on the internet. There is no rule saying that people have to tell the truth online; in fact, it almost seems like as many people intentionally lie as tell the truth these days. So, the fifteen-year old you're talking to in the forums or chatting with on any website could really be someone in disguise.

Warning Signs

Always be on the lookout for certain things:
    Warning Signs - Teens Online

    Someone who seems too good to be true... probably is. If you have suddenly met your dream boy online, he is probably just that – a dream. He's making himself into one and hoping you'll fall for it. Girls have been known to play this trick, too. Think you've find your next BFF (Best Friend Forever?) Think again…

    Asking for personal information is taboo on the internet. If a new friend starts asking for your phone number, address, school name, school mascot, or email address, be wary – very wary. You would be shocked at how quickly someone can take a school mascot and an email address and have you targeted. That person can follow you to school, follow you home in the afternoons, and watch you everywhere in between. Scared? Good.

    Online flirting can be fun, but very dangerous, and possibly even illegal. You think you are being coy with a high school boy, and the forty-year-old man on the other side of the network is loving it. Yes, we all like a little positive attention, but I don't think any of us want to be the subject of some old guy's dreams. Find real boys your own age at school or community to flirt with. They might actually take you out on a date, anyway.

Watching Your Virtual Back

If you want to keep yourself safe, remember a few things:
    Warning Signs - Teens Online

    Don't post personal information anywhere online, even in personal chat rooms or private MySpace accounts. You may not know who your "friends" really are, and there is always the risk of hackers. Personal information includes things like your full name, your address, your phone number, your school, your school colors or mascot, your favorite hangouts, and even pictures.

    Don't show pictures or videos. If you post pictures and videos where anyone can see them, they know what you look like, and that makes it easier to find you in real life. This is true for chatting, too. It's easy to get around real pictures online- just use avatars from The Doll Palace. Create an avatar and you can still show your personality without taking the risk.

    Don't meet anyone. You don't know who they really are, and meeting someone from the internet is the most dangerous thing a girl can do. If you don't believe me, check out a book called A Girl's Life Online by Katherine Tarbox to see what really happened to one girl when she decided to meet someone she had been chatting with online. Stick with your school, community, and neighborhood friends- they are always the safest bet.


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Artmis

24/Female
Fountain, CO
Posted On: October 15, 2006
you're right it happens everyday but i'll watch my back hope you all do too.
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memo1994

20/Female
Reno, NV
Posted On: October 8, 2006
I agree w/ hannah montana
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Spaztic_Chicke

20/Female
Virginia Beach, VA
Posted On: October 7, 2006
its a scary article but its really only scary that every thing it talks about is true
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sexy_doll_chic

23/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: October 7, 2006
I'm really scared now... But it was a good and insightful article and I will take the internet more seriously now.
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kiki101909

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 6, 2006
EEEP! good thang i neva give that kind of information =D
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emily132

34/Female
Italy
Posted On: October 5, 2006
thais is a great article i hope other people are protected and never become victims of these sick people
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hannah_montana

20/Female
Australia
Posted On: October 4, 2006
no offence but she doesn't try very hard to keep tdp safe. I have seen A LOT of bad stuff on tdp. That's why im not on a lot anymore
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chewybagel

22/Female
Posted On: September 30, 2006
these articles are perfect for a site like this, jessica! nice job.. i hope you don't collapse from writing so much!!

Write on, chewybagel
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maleaha101

22/Female
Isanti, MN
Posted On: September 29, 2006
hey thx 4 the article to tell u the truth i have only one friend on here that goes to my skool and i talk to her everyday yea some people who say this article is a waste of time then that is soooooo sad i have had people my relatives knew that their children were talking to 35 year olds and they thought the children were talking to 13 year olds(and they were 13 as well!)

thast just sad those stupid online preditors!

thx, maleaha101
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Hamstertail

19/Female
China
Posted On: September 29, 2006
there was this guy who put me on his MSN... and later some people reported him on the internet saying he's sending people naked pictures of himself
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danitalbot

20/Female
Castle Rock, CO
Posted On: September 29, 2006
i totally agree with this article, good job giving us tips to stay safe!
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: September 29, 2006
Thank you for putting this out. It is very helpful and everyone should read it.
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Parintachan

24/Female
Mill Spring, NC
Posted On: September 28, 2006
Nine year olds dating twenty year olds? o.0 That's odd, even to me.

Anyway, another point to make, is that talking on the net can be a good way to make out how a person is, not by physical appearance, but by how they type, and act. Their vocabulary as well.

A problem alot of people do, is over-do things. I can understand warning people about online predators. And taking measures from it. But a friend of mine from school, when she got the internet her mom had to sit there next to her, the entire time, when wasn't even wanting to go on chats nor talk to people on other ways.

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Parintachan

24/Female
Mill Spring, NC
Posted On: September 28, 2006
Lol, I have alot of people I talk to online. Even met my guy online. We've met, gone places together, all sorts of things. I'm careful though, I don't even have a myspace account. (I see no use for it anyway).

But most of the people I know haven't tried anything anywhere near "off". I'm even planning a double wedding with another friend who met her guy online, and later IRL. I put everyone I talk to through careful scrutiny before deciding if they're worth my time as well.

Guess it just depends on where you go online...

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bunnypixie

107/Female
Galt, CA
Posted On: September 28, 2006
Wonderful and very ness info glad to see so many reading and leaving comments Thank you Jessica and Staff for trying so hard to keep us informed and protected!!!!!!!!!!
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