What worries me is when I read - where do you live, how old are you, and what is your name. Kids are so trusting that they give out this information and some one with bad intentions could use that information to harm the kids. I'm sure I have even given information about myself that in hindsight I wish I hadn't.
I agree with you Denim. It's a big, scary world out there and sometimes children are FAR too free in giving out information (as are adults at times).
The IDEAL world would find parental supervision and guidelines when it comes to children. Not always (or even often) the case.
In regrads to the children on TP, if a kid is on here playing and creating a problem, just let the mods know and we will deal with it. There have been some 11 & 12 year olds who are well mannered contributing members of the forum. No one guessed their ages, until they have mentioned it after having been contributing members of the forum for quite some time. In those cases, exceptions were made.
There ARE cases where those in their 30s & 40s behave in a manner that would put a 6 year old to shame, but they ARE of the required age for membership.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
When I was 2 & 9, I was always wondering off, talking to everybody, my mom would always worry, and whenever their was a dog around, I would run off to go pet it. I was so gullible, When I was 11, a strange guy cam up in his car to me and my neighborhood friends and started asking us weird questions, like do you know where this one street is, and we'll we all talked to him, but the pint is we were still young and fell for that junk, he passed us three times in a row that day, and we never even told our parents right away, then the next day he came to talk to us, he freaked us out and we all went running to my friends house, because her dad was a police oficer, by the time he came outside that guy was long gone, they never caught him, and then about two months ago another guy was following me around the neighborhood giving me weird looks, passing me and circling around the neighborhood again, luckily my little doggy was with me, but my point is as a kid I admit we do stupid things and don't even think about it, so kids under 11 shouldn't even be on here unless they are mature enough. I accidently put my full name on here luckily one of the mods deleted it but I did not know that it was too much info. Sorry for my long stories LOL