I'm not BLAMING the mother, you insensitive clod. I'm asking a question.<quoted text>
Typical, blame the mother and not the pervert who was stalking a 12-15 year old.
How can a parent prevent a child's online access without locking them in the house as well. MySpace or Facebook "friends" have become many children's "real world". Online access is everywhere including through every kids cellphone. I doubt Amanda's realized her child was being stalked by a diabolical adult from the US until very recently. More than likely she thought it was typical teenage "drama".
What's ironic about this tragedy is the reason many parents prefer their children socializing online with "friends" as it's considered safer for them than to be hanging out with friends in public. The reality is the anominity behind the Internet adds a whole other dimension. This tragedy will be a wake-up call for millions of people.
And if your child was being terrorized, had to change schools, & had mental health problems as a result, yes, you bloody well DO take the computer out of the house.
If your child is allergic to peanuts, do you have peanuts in the house? Do you leave them sitting around?
Where is it written that a kid has to have a cell phone or computer? These are not entitlements, & if I saw the damage someone had done to my daughter thanks to social media, you can bet your Canadian ass that I'd do everything in my power to keep her from accessing the Internet.
You can't control everything a kid does, of course not, but you can be very strict when it's a matter of the child's mental health, which was obviously in very bad shape to begin with, thanks to that monster who 'befriended' her online.