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BE SAFE:Memorial Day Weekend Message from Linda Dobson

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Because we’re taking a quick break for the holiday weekend, I want to take the opportunity to wish all of our readers a good, safe, thoughtful Memorial Day. I hope your family enjoys great weather, yummy food, and good conversation about the meaning of this day.

I also have the Grandma in me wanting to share something that’s been nagging at me for a bit of time now. I think of you all as family, so I hope you take this as a thought from someone who cares very much about you, and ignore it if it doesn’t apply. Promise? Now, couple that with my “not secret” concerns about Facebook privacy and strangers’ ability to access our information, and you should understand where I’m coming from.

As time has passed, I’ve had opportunity to visit many Facebook pages, either requesting or responding to friend requests. I’m sure in some cases the information only appears for friends, but I’m equally sure there have been many times that, prior to becoming a friend, the names of all your children were available for the viewing. Here’s where my concern about “strangers” comes in. If you’ve provided your name and city of residence, it’s probably not very difficult today for people to find your street address. Heaven knows what evil people might do – or attempt to do – with knowledge of your children’s names. I wish such people didn’t exist, but they do. Heck, I can recall long before the Information Age, when I was somewhere between the ages of 7 and 11, someone called my non-driving mom at home, spoke of me by name, and stated he’d kidnapped me. The police came to the school and drove me home. It was a prank, but poor mom was stressed out for some time, including each and every day I had to leave.

I don’t want that to happen to your family.

Please: BE SAFE.

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