Once upon a time, in Somewhere Land, lived a cute little lamb who- as it happens to every child- headed cheerful and carefree to his teenage years.
And, like any teen, one day, our lamb -while joyful romp in the world of green pastures- he discovered a magnificent place that had hundreds or even thousands of gates. And behind every gate opened new worlds full of images, photos, information and -above all- beings of all sorts, willing to talk and make friends immediately with our lamb.
Little lamb did not stay too long on his thoughts and, willing to be able to get in touch with all these new friends, he logged-in. (Well, to succeed in that he had to lie a little, such as at the question about the age he actually had, but what matters such a small lie, if it helps you get into the miraculous world?)
Anxious to get online, little lamb diligently completed all required data and has posted the sharpest of his photos, because, isn't that, our little innocent lamb was still a good kid, despite what I wrote above in brackets!
Our Lamb has accepted all friend requests and, the more friends he got, the more he enjoyed it, because he thought that this is about to be cool.
Every teen wants to be cool.
He spent hours talking to his new friends, giving "likes", commenting, typing LOL's, even to the posts whose meaning was not able to find, but friends are friends and then- it's online!
The greatest joy he had especially when mingling with Lamb2, his best friend, who tought him most things about how to communicate online and show him a great friendship, although they were not seen ever!
I do not want to bore you, so I'll shorten the story.
Lamb2 proved to be a big bad wolf which was part of a network of big bad wolves. Together with them, the big bad wolf plotted some evil things, such as to sneak into the lamb's house to steal his laptop (a black day for poor lamb who cried, especially because he could not contact his friend Lamb2). Another day, big bad wolf called the lamb to meet. Our lamb -beating heart- raced with excitement and joy to the assigned place, but -strange coincidence- on the way he met some big bad wolves who stole his smartphone and did some other damages, from which our lamb was hospitalized several months and it was very difficult to recover. But most of all he felt hurt that his friend, Lamb 2, disappeared without a trace, although the lamb was looking for him online for days and nights.
Many years later, our lamb, who became young ram, reached his personal desires and managed to finish college with good grades and enrolled in a competitive hiring offer to a reputable firm. Although it was the best interview, he was not hired, as a ram- member of the recruitment comission, internet fan - made some online search and found evidence that the lamb had dubious friends in his youth, such as the big bad wolf.
I trust in you that you will extract the conclusion of this story by yourself.
But let me pestering you a little.
Each of us knows a lot, but do not know it all.
Not all know that in some coded language, snow diamonds and stars may be banned substances.
Not all know that the "forbidden love" is not necessarily a "Romeo and Juliet"drama situation.
We give ourselves importance by using what we've read or heard from others, without knowing the exact meaning of phrases. That can bring us at least embarrassing moments, if not dangerous situation! Who wants to come to this?
Not all know that every action that we do online risks can not be permanently deleted, whatever we try. If we are true friends and honest people, we take care not to put any others in danger, in the virtual world.
So, little lamb, R U online?
You are about to make a click?
R U sure about that???
I published for the first time this story here:
Media Voices 4 Special Teens