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DS meeting stranger from the Internet....AIBU

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Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 04-Feb-14 11:53:38

Just been reading this article in the Huffington Post - http://www.salon.com/2014/02/04/my_sons_internet_rendezvous/

My DS is only 13 months and I'm just building up to leaving him at nursery so I accept that I maybe slightly over protective but AIBU to think this seems quite nutty?

I think meeting someone from the Internet is fine but I cannot imagine leaving DS for the day with someone we've just met. I'd want to be at the flea market too!

Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 04-Feb-14 11:56:54

Sorry - title a bit misleading! Not my DS obviously!

Iwannalaylikethisforever Tue 04-Feb-14 13:18:40

Sorry I just do not understand the point, I'm confused .

JunoMacGuff Tue 04-Feb-14 13:21:40

'Nutty'? hmm Why?

Would you let your DS go to a friend from schools house? You will, and a long time before he is 13!

I don't get the issue?

JunoMacGuff Tue 04-Feb-14 13:23:05

Also, you'll leave your DS at times in nursery, school, with his friends, with his friends parents.. all of whom you will have just met.

Littleen Tue 04-Feb-14 20:58:05

It's pretty common really smile
When I was 13 my dad drove me to the cinema to go on a date with a bloke I met online (he was a dick so I never saw him again). Was no problem however, and it was a public place.

When I was 15, I met a girl I'd chatted to online for years, on the other side of the country - though I was there anyway and she could come round to meet up for a bit. A few months later, she and her mum came to stay with me (and my parents). We're still friends more than 10 years later.

You cannot control everyone your children meet or wish to hang out with. There is no way. They will go out with friend A who you know and approve of, and meet person B and C, who you have never heard of, and also hang out with them. All you can do is raise your child to respect himself, look after himself and to let him avoid those who are a bad influence to him. Whether he meets someone online, at school or through a friend, really does not matter.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Feb-14 21:25:08

I don't really see the problem. He'd been chatting to the girl on Skype for ages. The mum had met both the girl and her mum in real life.

Dd has had sleepovers at houses of families I've not met from the age of 11yo. I suppose the difference is I know where they actually live but I'd let dd go out with someone she'd been skyping for ages as long as I'd met them myself.

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