I become completely apoplectic yesterday when I stumbled upon a public Facebook page (in Google) with the phone numbers of 70 teens in my town. I won’t tell you what I was searching for, because I don’t want this page to get any additional attention, but the story goes like this.
One teen puts up a Facebook and says something to the effect of “Gee .. I lost my cell phone. What’s your number?” (No, that’s not what they really said in this particular case.) And 70 teens (I knew 4 of them) posted their phone numbers on the public wall of this Facebook group.
Then I went into Facebook, and found dozens of these groups from across the country. Lots of kids doing this. Now, here’s the really weird part. Why couldn’t these kids just post this on their own private wall? Where Google (we hope!!!) isn’t allowed?
Is it just me? Or would be upset to know that your teen posted their cell phone alongside their Facebook profile picture for all the world to see?
My 22-year old son, by the way, says I’m over-reacting. “It’s no big deal. If anyone starts getting creepy phone calls, they’ll just change their number.” Hmmm…… how many teens do you know that would easily change their cell phone number and lose their lifeline to their friends?
Okay, so help me out here. Am I right? Are you outraged? How come these tech savvy teens don’t know they shouldn’t be posting their cell phone numbers on the Internet? What do you think?