COMMENTARY | Perhaps this could be considered evidence little kids can't handle life on the Internet unsupervised. I've just learned of the horrifying story of a 12-year-old girl, allegedly lead into the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by two others she believed to be her friends and stabbed a total of 19 times.
What's most important here though is the victim is alive after having crawled to the road and was discovered by a bicyclist.
This case may very well demonstrate the danger of leaving impressionable children unsupervised online. According to police the two girls were attempting to impress an as-yet-unidentified poster to a website called Creepypasta Wiki, known only as “Slenderman,” who said the only way to “climb up into his realm” was to kill somebody. The site's niche is horror stories.
While hipsters and children everywhere might not like the idea, I'm inclined to believe children might be no more prepared to process an unsupervised online life than they are able to deal with the effects of alcohol or sex at this young of an age. They're welcome to disagree, of course but who cares? They know nothing of life yet. For all their “great-sounding ideas and opinions” they've not been tested by life.
Parents, monitor your children online. They'll have time enough for multiple friends and making their own mistakes in life. But they only get one set of parents, if that much. Do your jobs and raise them so they survive to adulthood, if at all possible.
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