I know I should be more cynical. I know I should not accept chats with just anyone. I have to be honest, though. A lot of my friends have screen names that are just that, screen names. I do not know where they came up with them or why.
Imagine my surprise today when I get an IM request via Yahoo! Messenger for some strange name. The person – and I am not using this term loosely – is calling me by name and asking me to approve them to chat with me. I did not recognize the name. That is not a requirement to chat with me so I approved the person.
Well, first it was “I am uncomfortable as I have a crush on you.” What the heck?!? I should have taken that as a clue and blocked the screen name immediately. I just asked for a third time – “who are you?”
Well, then it was risque pictures and a few other words before I finally got the hint and blocked and reported the screen name.
When it comes to my children’s online safety, I am skeptical and cautious. Why cannot I not be the same way for myself? I am an open book online but I did not want to deal with this kind of crap today or any day.
How cautious are you with your IM?