The clips were real-life stories of kids who were targeted by internet predators and they all arranged to meet the kids or even pick them up at their home. The most frightening part is every kid said "I knew I shouldn't meet them." But for some reason or another they did it anyway.
I am a firm believer that we can raise our children right and be there for them, but when puberty hits it kind of whacks out their brains and they sometimes short-circuit. These kids usually had a reason for their behavior: lonely, parents divorcing, etc. The reason that's hardest for a parent to battle is the girl who said "no one understands me." Because that is so real: no I don't understand my kids; I don't understand when they don't do their best, I don't understand when they lie to me, I don't understand when they do something they know they shouldn't be doing. But I do remember being a their age and feeling no one understood me.
My only hope is by making myself available to them, they will come to me when they have these feelings of angst. We sit down and have dinner together as a family; my husband and I attend school events; we don't just drop my oldest daughter off to play in the pep band at the football game, we attend the football game; we don't let them walk anywhere alone or allow them to "hang out" on street corners with friends.
I try to keep tabs on their computer usage. Overall they are responsible and ask me if they can create new accounts at different sites. I don't allow them to use their real names. My sister has accounts at these sites and does some monitoring for me, for which I am eternally grateful; I can't be everywhere.
But still, after watching these videos, I think, "Is it enough?" I suppose time will tell, but in the meantime, I am afraid, I'm very afraid.