- Family and Parenting
A Cautionary Teenage Tale
Remember Matilda, who burned her house down...
Shazza told such dreadful lies,
It wasn’t clever, cool or wise;
Her Mum, who, from her toddler days,
Had told her she must mend her ways,
Was almost driven to distraction:
From Shazza’s nonchalant reaction,
Her daughter trawling on the net
Had not got into trouble yet
She entered details of her home
Address and town, e-mail and phone
To anyone who took her whim
An action which was pretty dim.
And thus when playing on the web
(Her pals included the odd celeb).
Or so she thought, they made her think
By sending tweets and friendly wink.
She told her mum she was aware
Of chat-room fraud and taking care.
But still she shared each secret thought
And told of all the stuff she’d bought.
One day when glued to her computer
She thought she’d found a teenage suitor
‘Fill in this fun ‘About-you’ test.’
Wide-eyed she answered his request
‘I’m going to the USA
For a week my family’ll be away.’
The family packed and left the house
To Disneyland with Mickey Mouse
The week went past and time had come
To return to their UK high-tech home.
When they got back the police were there
Someone had broken in to Shazza’s lair.
They had the family home surrounded
Her parents were understandably confounded.
A neighbour explained it had come to pass
That someone had entered in their house.
The detective said this organized crime
Was the result of information on-line.
You should have heard Shazza shout!
Rush to her room and look about.
You should have heard her cuss and cry,
“My computer’s gone, my TV and wi-fi!”
The house was ransacked; her mum broke down,
“How did they know we were out of town?”
Shazza’s cheeks reddened, and as she sobbed
Admitted it was her fault they were robbed.
‘Well at least you’re safe; it could be worse
We’ve just lost money from our purse.
You could have been kidnapped, raped, attacked.’
‘No more lies, I promise, mum; - fact.’
Now Shazza respects her mother’s role
Activating parental control;
Turning off and checking her rights
Preventing access to internet sites.