Growing up, I was a stereotypical “good kid.” I was polite and respectful, was relatively civil with my brother (or as civil as children can be), and always brought home good grades. “She’s such a good kid,” my teachers would tell my parents, and gosh, was I proud of my goody-two-shoes image. So, as you can imagine, being grounded for the first and only time in my childhood is an event that has traumatized me to this day.
The memory is still clear in my mind. My best friend (who did not prescribe to the goody-two-shoes lifestyle) was over, and we were doing what pre-teen girls did on the internet in the early 2000s: writing self-insert fanfiction on LiveJournal, watching JibJab videos, and messing around on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
So there we were, two pre-teen girls running amok in a Harry Potter chatroom, when another user reached out and asked if we’d like to chat privately. We were young, and the internet was new, so of course, we wanted to make a new friend despite all the time our teachers and parents spent hammering “stranger danger” into our heads in the early 2000s.
Conversation flowed, a virtual friendship was formed, and before I could think twice, my best friend had given out my home address to a stranger on AIM. Being the self-proclaimed good kid that I was, the guilt started eating away at me within moments, and I tattled to my parents pretty much immediately. Internet privileges were revoked, my friend was sent home, and I was grounded for a week for my efforts because, “You can’t be giving out information like that to people you don’t know!”
Looking back, it’s easy to shrug your shoulders and say it was the early days of the internet. But this just shines a light on how laissez-faire we all were with our personal information at the inception of the world-wide web — and often still are.
And despite my newly acquired caution when sharing personal info with people I’ve just met and despite my mother's warning, here I am, decades later, still giving my home address away for free to strangers on the internet just so I can enter a chance to win a 50% off coupon.
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