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Dan Crabtree
03:48 PM on 07/17/2013
It has ..something terrible that is sadly... todays average of two child pedaphiles per city block pretty well confirms this sad fact...Trust no one your child is social networking with or has any contact with.. including family friends..otherwise exspect the worse....
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Hoosier Dadd
03:57 PM on 07/17/2013
A "pedophile" is a person who is sexually aroused by PRE-PUBESCENT children. This girl is 14 years old. If she was kidnapped, it wasn't by a pedophile.
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Cloth Coat Occupier
I got the Red State Blues!
04:58 PM on 07/17/2013
Seems like you have given this a lot of thought. So age 14 is okay with you?
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p c r
Compassionate and Conservative are polar opposites
07:00 PM on 07/17/2013
Some pedophiles are attracted to older children who are 16 and under. This girl looked younger than 14. It may likely be a pedophile.
04:06 PM on 07/17/2013
I agree, but many parents are too busy and too tired to fight with their teens day and night.....so they just give in and let them do what they want where the computer is concerned. Not making excuses, just life.
Besides, we don't know if that is the story here. I sure hope not.
03:48 PM on 07/17/2013
I would much rather get off my behind and help my child set up social events or outings with friends, than have them desperately looking for someone to talk to on instagram or online.
monster8787
You *RNA* what you eat!
08:00 PM on 07/17/2013
Very good point!
11:35 PM on 07/17/2013
which works unless your child is experiencing social difficulties and there AREN'T any "friends" to have social events or outings with.
10:13 PM on 07/18/2013
Even if your child has social difficulties, you find other kids with social difficulties for them to play with. Or you start working on those difficulties with a professional.
03:44 PM on 07/17/2013
No, that guy probably didn't meet her, but he lured her their so someone else could get her.
03:44 PM on 07/17/2013
I don't believe he was unable to meet her there. If he didn't he sent someone else.
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Hoosier Dadd
03:58 PM on 07/17/2013
Cops are very skeptical people. You can be sure that they're checking out his story.
04:53 PM on 07/17/2013
maybe
03:43 PM on 07/17/2013
Well, all the police have to do, is pull up all those vehicle scans, and look for the nicest car in the area, at the time and follow.
03:39 PM on 07/17/2013
I was always told growing up not to talk to strangers online. Did I listen? Nope. I ended up making a lot of great friends who shared the same interests as me (video gaming wise) and I met my girlfriend of two years online. It isn't about not talking to people, it's about being smart and not doing anything stupid.
04:54 PM on 07/17/2013
This is true but how can you tell
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05:30 PM on 07/17/2013
By not doing something stupid.
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05:33 PM on 07/17/2013
It's amazing how many people automatically blame the victims of these tragedies. She's just a kid.
08:48 PM on 07/21/2013
I was just a kid, too. We've had a family computer since I was 10, and I've had a laptop since I was 15. Somehow I managed to be a good judge of character with the people I've met online.
03:37 PM on 07/17/2013
Pretty incredible how often it is the on line boyfriend to whom the parents objected who turns out to be the last to have seen the missing child, or the last who was "supposed" to have seen her.
03:37 PM on 07/17/2013
Hope she is found Safe & Sound!!
03:32 PM on 07/17/2013
I can remember having conversations with my daughter back in the "Myspace" days when she was of the same age as this young girl, and explaining the dangers of internet use (including her AIM messaging service). It horrifies me that this little girl is missing, and that despite Mom and Dad's best efforts to protect, her something terrible may have happened to her.
04:55 PM on 07/17/2013
Same here I told my kids to only talk to friends you know from school or already knew
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03:20 PM on 07/17/2013
kids have too much freedom and since parents cant put hands on them they think they are grown. good luck with that..
03:17 PM on 07/17/2013
14 is still young enough to be naive people, let's not forget that. However, with her ADHD and PTSD (how does a 14 year old get diagnosed as PTSD) maybe her parents should have been keeping a stronger hold on her. It sounds like they knew about the proposed meet up and were opposed to it, but forgot what steps a 14 year old girl will take to get what they want.
03:14 PM on 07/17/2013
I am so happy that the universe didn't bring me any children. I have a tough enough time dealing with heartbreak and I hear that children can break your heart 10 times worst than any lover could even dream. If that's the case, none for me thanks. Hats off to all the good mothers. You all are better women than me that's for sure.
03:27 PM on 07/17/2013
Yea it's tough. I thought that the worry would stop once they got older but it doesn't. One is now driving and one is in college. I think I worry more. But they have brought me great joy. I wouldn't change it.
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lorrink13
...just keepin it real
03:33 PM on 07/17/2013
@twowhite- oh yeah? lol just wait until you have grandkids like me and the worrying starts all over again, twofold! LOL
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s8ymotha
03:40 PM on 07/17/2013
Agreed.
happypoolprune
I don't have pits either
03:45 PM on 07/17/2013
They can break your heart 10 times worse but can mend it with one "l love you mom" - or in my case, when my son got married and had kids of his own - he thanked me for not giving up and for teaching him so he can pass it on to his children. Now his grandchildren too. My daughter now is playing roll reversal - she's trying to be my mom. It was worth all the heartbreak - and I still worry about them - I wouldn't trade the experience for anything -
03:57 PM on 07/17/2013
I'm 31, the youngest of 8 and just moved home to take care of my 62 year old mom that REFUSES to retire! I look back on how I left home for college at 17 and think, OMG she must've been worried sick about me down there by myself! Now I look at my older siblings and think, "how come you all aren't more grateful for the sacrifices she made for us. How come I uprooted my life to move back home to help out and you all were here the whole time doing squat." But I suppose everyone had their own unique experience of her. So since I'm the youngest and haven't started a family of my own I guess I adopted my mom instead. AND YES YOU ALL DO NEED SUPERVISION! My mother is 62 going on 15! no lols, it's the straight up truth!
03:59 PM on 07/17/2013
So funny - happypool - I raised two fine young men, and they, too, now act like my father
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shindogdiggity88
The absence of denial is not the proof of guilt.
03:13 PM on 07/17/2013
When I was a teenager, I was going to school and working full time.

On my spare time I played video games or hung out with friends and went to skate parks, or the mall.

I didn't start having "online friends" until around 16-17, and even then, I never met face to face with any of them because of safety concerns. I only remained in contact with one of them which I've "known" for some 8 or 9 years now, so a face-to-face meeting is possible, but still unlikely.
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05:36 PM on 07/17/2013
When you were a teenager, I'm guessing that the internet wasn't as easily accessible as it is now.
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shindogdiggity88
The absence of denial is not the proof of guilt.
11:57 PM on 07/17/2013
It was if you had a PC or a laptop, but there was no such thing as smart phones or IPads.
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03:11 PM on 07/17/2013
parents, you can't just give your kids electronics like smart-phones, tablets and computers without first teaching them of the dangers of on-line predators! Kids have no business on them without parental supervision, and shouldn't even be on social sites. The only social site kids should be on is SCHOOL, the yard, or at the mall....(old fashioned, i know)
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Dee Dunn
Can't we all just get along?
03:45 PM on 07/17/2013
Kids do not listen. They think they are smarter than their parents. I did the same thing and ran away from home at 17. I was smart had common sense and after 3 months I realized I had no experience and did not belong in the streets. and maybe my mother was not as stupid as I thought she was. On my way back home she died so I did not get to tell her.
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Dee Dunn
Can't we all just get along?
03:45 PM on 07/17/2013
A little old fashioned never killed anybody...
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12:34 AM on 07/18/2013
I'm sorry for the loss of your mom--you sound like you'd be a great mom.
03:11 PM on 07/17/2013
Does not sound good at all. Hope they find her soon and she is not harmed.