Another Benefit of E-Harmony

While sitting with the family, watching “The Incredible Dr. Pol” on National Geographic – a reality show about the day-to-day business of a farm vet in Central Michigan (it’s very interesting, though I have discovered daughter number two has a weak stomach), we were forced to endure the random commercials that pay the bills of the tv station. One of them was E-Harmony. My oldest daughter is smart. She is also social. And she is very inventive. After the commercial was finished she piped up, “Mom! Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a kids site? I could say, ‘Hi! I’m a 9-year-old girl. I like this and I like that’ and then I could talk to other girls my age!” I quickly interceded with, “And there could be a man at the other end saying, ‘Hi! I’m a 9 yr old girl too! Where do you live? We could meet at the park!’ and you would tell him thinking he was a 9-year-old girl, and I might never see you again.” She looked at me wide-eyed. She paused. She said, “oh.” And I said, “That is why I don’t let you on the internet. I can’t trust you to not give out personal information online.” She looked at me wide-eyed and said, “But we’re allowed to search on google and find funny things and research stuff!” I was about to say that googling could be bad too, but simply said, “yes, that’s fine.” Sigh. Another segue into a conversation I was afraid to get into, that somehow was over much more quickly and much less painfully than I had expected. Thanks, e-harmony! You found my match, the fuse-lighting kind. 🙂

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