My 10 year old daughter decided to make her own videos, just like some singers she likes do it. She recorded a few ones in which she talked about her favorite music, showed her favorite dolls and danced around the room. She then decided to post them on YouTube.
She asked me if I thought it was dangerous for her to do that and after some reflection I thought it would be safe if she didn't reveal in the videos any personal information.
Last week she asked me to check the comments posted on her videos with her. I was shocked to see that there were about 18 obscene messages posted from unknown people! I realized I had made a big mistake to underestimate the consequences of allowing my daughter to expose herself, no matter how innocent the videos were, on the internet.
I asked her to immediately erase the videos and told her not to post videos ever again on the internet either YouTube or other and that she would only be allowed to access the internet under my supervision.
I told this to a friend in the office. She said that something similar had happened to their daughter when she was 16, only her daughter ended up hooking up with one of the men who had posted comments and had gone as far as meeting him. Luckily nothing happened to her.
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