Online information is something I've always been bothered by. That's something I've had numerous talks about with "someone" you all know and love
Duder was busting out everyone's names like it was cool. Hello... If I wanted to share my name with y'all, I would make it my screen name. The majority of you that I interact with regularly, I would have no problem sharing my name and mailing address with, but we all have to remember, THIS SITE IS NOT PRIVATE.
And, for the record, I wasn't stalking a (junior) high cheerleader, per se
. It was a name and related info I used to lead me to the motherlode. Just so happened, she was actually the most security effective of the whole family. It was her school, her dance school, and her own parents that have put her at risk.
Something for you all to remember, especially those of us with school aged kids. Every school my son has been in has been under explicit instructions that they do NOT post his picture or name anywhere. I don't even allow himto take yearbook photos. And the one time that wad done without my knowledge, it almost came to blows with the photographer when I demanded all copies. He tried to say they were his property. Oh hell no buddy. And yes, I've had very forceful talks with school administrators over violating this too. I obviously can't stop them from putting school board calendars and events online, but I've strongly suggested they don't put individual class calendars or field trip schedules online. One has listened, and his current school posts NOTHING but the cafeteria menu for the week.
We as individuals aren't the only ones that can put us at risk. ANYONE who knows you, your kids, other family, or even your VETERINARIAN, can put you at risk. Notice how it didn't take me much to deduce there's no dog? At least no SIZEABLE dog? Mmhmm. The two most feared sounds by home invading burglars, a large dog barking, or a shotgun being racked.
When you spend your most formative adult years digesting (usually) limited Intel on a target, and figuring out the best way to take that target out or down, it's hard to break that mindset. This is also the type of thing that helped me keep track of my son while in his Mom's so called "care".