Wednesday, April 1, 2009

U TUBE FRIIIIIIGHT-

Tonight I got a really frightening phone call...

We try so hard to protect our kids... to do what's best for them... but sometimes; you just don't see the drop offs. (Or worse, you ignore the twinge thinking you're just being "over-the-top")

I certainly didn't see this one coming... because I've always thought myself to be pretty careful with my boys and the Internet. Our boys are NEVER on the Internet without me or their dad in the room. They learned that from their dad. T doesn't even go on facebook without someone else in the room because in 2 clicks... you can wind up somewhere you didn't mean to be.

Last weekend, we let him spend the night with 2 of his best friends at one of their houses for a birthday sleep over. All 3 boys are 12. All 3 considered "bright," and "good kids".

They decided to open a "joint U Tube" account to post their "home made" videos on. What kid doesn't like to see video clip of himself!

BUT... THEN IT TURNED UGLY.

This afternoon (2 nights after the original silly video was originally made with the 3 of them dancing around to music with pants on their hands), one of the boys edited one of the videos to include an audio clip.

In an attempt to "be funny" he made reference to a bomb, in a box, at school.

Now remember... my son doesn't really go to school with the 2 boys anymore (because we left when his 10 year old brother got cut with a pocket knife by another student who tried to stop him from telling the yard duty that she had the knife. And did I mention that we NEVER even got a phone call about him getting hurt because they "agreed to keep it between the principal and the student who brought the knife.")

Not only does my son not even go to that school anymore, but 2 of the boys didn't even have any knowledge that 1 had edited the video and included the audio clip this afternoon.

Fortunately, the mom of the boy who didn't edit the movie saw it tonight and deleted the account, along with all the videos.

But... lucky me! We get to deal with this mess tomorrow because... EVEN THOUGH HE'S NEVER SEEN IT (IT GOT DELETED BEFORE WE KNEW ABOUT IT)... OTHER kids from the school did see it. And his name... and face... was on it!

GEEEEEEZE.

talk about a LIFE LESSON!

33 comments:

Karen @Snakes-Snails-Puppydogtails said...

WOW!! Tough lesson!!

One woman, three boys! said...

Oh my gosh, that could have been really ugly. Wow.

Kelly said...

Ugh, what a mess. I'm glad that mom at least got it deleted right away...that could have gotten so much worse.

Jennifer said...

Your right that is a hard lesson.
Does my little one need to grow up:(

new*me said...

there's a lot of scariness for our kids right now. Our computer is right where it can be seen for that reason.

Weber said...

Oh my word! That is horrible but I can see how easily something like could happen. I'm going to share this story with my boys in the morning. What a lesson.

C and C Mommy said...

I am sorry, but I am glad that you are able to teach a lesson without many consequences. They are lucky!!

Bad Momma said...

OMG! I missed the post about why you took all the boys out of public school. I am shocked that the principal did not call the police, let alone not calling you. Where I live, that would have made the papers and the principal would have been fired.(at least I hope)

Unfortunately the YouTube event happens quite frequently. My nephew had some kids open a MySpace account in his name. They also posted some not so nice stuff on it. My sister contacted MySpace but not sure they ever took it down.

I hope this was a lesson to the parents of the boy that did this. Other than by keeping your kid in a bubble, you couldn't have prevented this. Be thankful that it could have been so much worse but wasn't.

This is the dark-side of parenting!

B Boys Mom said...

Things can happen so fast! A very tough lesson.

Carol said...

Oh no. That made me feel sick. Maybe the internet should be limited to blogging and online shopping. Wouldn't that make the world a happier place.

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness. I am still stuck on the fact that the principal never called. YIKES. Thinking I would have left that school too.

Hope that this is all working out ok. Yes, tough lesson. Makes me worried for my two.

Hugs to you friend!

Kila said...

Wow. Yikes! Quite a good lesson for them all.

kristen said...

It scares me how things can get out there and kids just don't realise. Not as simple as when we all grew up unfortunaltely !!.

Heather said...

You are listed on the blog list of Angie at Keep Believing. You know that she lost her husband to cancer on March 17. Angie and Brian would have celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on April 19. I am hoping that I can get everyone in her blog list to post on their blogs at 12:00 am on April 19 a post with the title “Keep Believing” so that when she opens her blog, her blog list is filled with recent posts all titled “Keep Believing”. I don’t know how else to arrange this other than commenting on blogs, so forgive my off-topic comment. I would ask that you keep the post up for 24 hours in case she doesn’t look right away, and you don’t have to publish anything with it, just the title will do. I am using the scheduled post feature provided by blogger so I don’t forget. Thanks so much. Heather.

Super B's Mom said...

OH.WOW. Holy cow. Stuff like that can get ugly in a minute, huh? Glad it's all deleted now!!

My Three Sons said...

Very scary incident!! I hope all ends smoothly for your family.

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