One Teenagers Internet Nightmare Part 2
The next morning, the first thing Jake did was look
at her picture again to see if it was all a dream, or maybe a
nightmare depending on how he thought about it. The picture was
right there on the computer where he hid it. Oh yeah, it was still
there all right.
By the time Jake left for school, he knew he would have a hard
time waiting until after school to chat with her again. He was
right. It was the longest day he ever remembered. He had a hard
time concentrating or talking to his friends. Jake thinks he probably
failed his math test because he couldn't stop thinking about her.
How am I going to explain that one to my parents, he thinks. He's
never failed a test in his life. There was only one thing on his
mind. SexyChick09123. And she was online waiting for him to get
home just like she promised. She had a plan for a meeting.
She said that her uncle was going to be in Jakes area on business
in two days and she could go with him as she sometimes did. They
were to meet in the park just a couple blocks away from Jakes
house at noon on Saturday. The only bad thing about it was she
wouldn't be able to chat from now until then because she had to
finish a major school project before she could go. Her uncle said
that they could spend a couple of hours talking and then they
had to get back.
Jake could deal with that. He thinks, I can spend
two hours with her face to face and then go back home and get
my life straightened out. He felt kind of guilty about disobeying
his parents but he figures he only broke a couple of the Internet
rules and there is no way that they can find out about that.
He has learned to cover his tracks very well when it comes to
As he is leaving for the park on Saturday morning, his mother
asks him if he felt all right, that he looked a little distracted.
Jake say's, "No Mom I'm fine." She says, "Where
are you going, aren't you going to have some lunch?" "No
Mom, I had a big breakfast and I'm just going over to Phil's house
to play some video games. I'll be home around 3," Jake replies.
Jake arrives at the park a little before noon. He doesn't see
SexyChick09123. He does see a few younger kids congregated in
the playground area and some of the older kids playing a game
of touch football over in the far field. All in all it's a pretty
typical Saturday. As he's walking through the parking lot on the
way to the picnic area, a man gets out of this big green Cadillac.
He's looking at a piece of paper and says, "Hey there young
man, you must be Jake. I'm Anna's uncle Josh."
Jakes thoughts go into a whirlwind. Did I tell her my name?
He's looking at the picture I sent her. I don't even know her
real name. Of course, she couldn't tell her uncle her online name
is SexyChick09123. I must have told her my name in one conversation
or another. Jake recovers his composure and says, "Yes
sir, my name is Jake but where is Anna? She said she was going
to meet me here in the park." "She's over at the hotel
by the mall taking a shower, she spilled her orange juice on her
shirt on the ride over and she didn't want you to see her like
that. We can only stay for a little while so hop in and I'll bring
you over to the hotel and you two can hang out at the pool for
a while. Then I'll bring you back here on the way out of town."
He replies. Jake thinks that uncle Josh looks harmless enough
so he says, "Okay, sounds good. Thank you" and hops
in the car. As they leave the park and the doors automatically
lock, Jake has a horrible revelation. The license plate on the
car was from out of state and it read "SC09123".
Jake was never heard from again. It was like he just slipped into
The authorities went through his computer and found out Jake has
been chatting with someone, somewhere in Georgia for the last
six months. That's the best they could do though. The authorities
did mention to Jake's parents about some of the things that could
have been done to avoid this nightmare. Things like keeping the
computer in the dining room instead of his bedroom so he could
have been watched a little closer. They also told him about some computer monitoring programs they
could have installed on his computer so they could know exactly
what he was doing and who he was chatting with at all times. Yes,
this nightmare could have been avoided.
This story is just a scenario about how an Internet
groomer might lure a gullible young child into a face to face
meeting via a chat room or Instant Messenger. In reality, scenarios
like this do happen more than they should. Check out the News page for some recent real life nightmares. Keep the kids safe
on the Internet!