Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Why won't they Listen?
Today the CBS news station in St. Louis reported that a 15-year old girl was missing and had not been seen since Sunday. Her computer was confiscated and they heard the voice of an older male on her computer coaxing the girl to come to another small city. Hopefully she will make it and they will find her alive.
Parents and the news constantly talk about the dangers of these sex predators contacting young girls and talking them into meeting them. Some girls are murdered while others are raped, yet these teens continue to do this.
How many parents will have to lose their children because they will not listen? I don't know what I would do if my daughter was talking to strangers and meeting them. You try hard to make sure that your child has the things that will make them comfortable. You put on controls to keep them safe, yet they learn to by-pass these things and do what they want.
I do realize that teens are very different today than we were. When I was a teenager, and someone tried to get me to meet them alone I would tell my brothers and they would take it from there. Kids today think they are so much wiser than their parents. They disobeyed them every single time until they or in deep trouble. Sometimes they get so deeply out there parents are not able to help them, still some when they make the decision to do something unsafe they will not even tell in many cases their closest friends.
Every time I open the paper I read about a teenager who went to meet a stranger and utterly it led to their death, yet even with this in the news, the numbers of deaths and rapes doesn't seem to be decreasing. Why won't teens listen and look at the news and understand that this stuff is real? This is not a joke. I pray that children and teenagers including my daughter will listen and heed advice to be safe, not sorry.
It saddens me when I see a parent on the news pleading for the safe return of their children.