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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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siham

20/Female
Australia
Posted On: September 28, 2006
It is true....... always go with your feelings...... if your feelings say no say no to....
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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: September 28, 2006
this article is great i hope evryonenreads it!there are so many young epople taht get sbudcted thsi snt jsut about girls either it hapesn to boys too. prolly jstu as much but usualy tehy are younger and its not awlyse ugly people just shy kids who ahve trouble making freinds. and there are watys of pretecting from myspace you cans et your profile to private so only your freinds can veiw it and also if tehy want tosend u a mesage tehy ahve to know something like your email and or last name.

one thing is true htat msot of teh kids thatare abducted are dumb and dont tell tehir parents that theyare suing the internet. they may be doing thsi at school if so thas dumb csu predetors can prolly get your scholl info if they can track the server u r using. this article is good but tehrs alot left out.

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sc16

81/Female
Tanzania
Posted On: September 27, 2006
here is some adive:

some people can take your pics f u when u have them up and put them on there photoshop or paintr then do sumthin and post it, DONt let that happen
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sc16

81/Female
Tanzania
Posted On: September 27, 2006
totally i just read this and its true this guy did ask me for my cell phone cuz he thought i was 16 but i was on my friends account oh but i 4get his name but "better be safe then sorry!"
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arabamericansw

21/Female
Japan
Posted On: September 27, 2006
I am always careful. There is no reaso to flirt with boys online. Get some self confidence and meet someone in reality!
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Brialinni

43/Female
Sacramento, CA
Posted On: September 27, 2006
Here's the thing, it doesn't get better or safer as you get older. These really are good tips and not just for 'kids', adults should follow them too.
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mtolly2006

28/Female
Kingfisher, OK
Posted On: September 26, 2006
It is so scary to see all these 12 and 13 year old girls on here. There was an 11 year old girl about 30 minutes from where I lived murdered by the guy above her because she met him online. She was found 2 weks later in his closest in a big plastic tub. He had planned on eating her body. I know that is a little gross to post on here, but these girls need to realize what kind of people are out there. When I was 13 and 14, and even up to just about 2 years ago, I would meet guys off of the internet. I thank God every day that I was one of the lucky ones that never got hurt or anything. When my husband and I have children, we aren't going to allow them on the internet, and if they need the internet for school once they get in highschool, then we'll do major parental controls
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sam1003

107/Female
Amite, LA
Posted On: September 26, 2006
I put up fake pics of me so they dont know wut i look like because i dont wanna get raped or sumthin like that . mah mom told me 2 put a fake age and a different state or city because mah real dad might be on this site to try 2 find me so i dont want that 2 happen at all!!! btw great article its so awsome and very true ive only dated one guy online but i knew him in rl so i told him about the tdp after he moved so we can talked but for now on im gonna listen 2 this article so should others !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: September 26, 2006
this makes me so happy to see an article on internet saftey.

But you didn't include tips to keep you protected if someone tries to contact you!

which is why it is good to make something like your myspace profile friends only. before i realized you could do that, i got a bunch of friend requests from guys i didn't know.

keep it safe.

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CutieAngel_For

19/Female
Flushing, NY
Posted On: September 26, 2006
So true. Like my motto "Better Safe then Sorry"
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notavirgobut14

21/Female
Chaska, MN
Posted On: September 26, 2006
so so so true :icon4 :
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bambi_baby

19/Female
Hungary
Posted On: September 26, 2006
totally true.i really agree.
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likealot

21/Female
Gainesville, GA
Posted On: September 26, 2006
Very,very good article.Exxellent information.The best one on here I've read!
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puka

24/Female
Dickel, TN
Posted On: September 26, 2006
Thank you for bringing this up, alot of people on here are desperate to get an online boyfriend or girlfriend. And when they don't know what they're doing, they give out too much information. I don't see anything wrong with online dating, as long as you do it the safe way and not give out your personal information.
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starlabrat

24/Female
Kingman, AZ
Posted On: September 26, 2006
i totally agree. i saw a news story about this once but it was a girl on myspace.
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