How to make sure you don’t give your address to a grown-up?

Making new friends in online communities is quite common in today’s kids’ lives. It’s great to find people who share the same interests and who don’t mind talking about for instance One Direction several hours in a row.

But what if the other one asks for your home address as they really want to send you a 1D card for your birthday? This was the case with two teenage girls who met each other on goSupermodel.

When the “Can you give me your address” question was cast, the birthday girl clearly heard the alarm bells ring. She remembered one of the most important online rules: You can’t always be sure who you’re chatting with. So she wrote back:

“Ok. I can give you my home address. But first I need you to take a picture of yourself with one eye closed, tongue out and hand on your head. It’s not a fetish or anything, I just need to make sure that I’m actually chatting with a girl in my age.”

Take a picture of yourself with one eye closed, tongue out and hand on your head. It’s not a fetish or anything.

She got the picture in a few minutes. Since we can’t publish the original one, here’s me imitating it:

Now you might wonder why we saw that private message to begin with. It popped up in our word filters. If you want to know more about our safety mechanics, read our previous post about it.

About the author:

Pia Edman, watAgame

Pia Edman worked as a Finnish Community Manager at watAgame from 2009 to 2015. She has several years of experience in working with online communities and online safety as well as with digital content creation and digital advertising. Pia has a master’s degree in Finnish language.

  • Anni

    April 9, 2015 at 11:58

    Great imitation! ;P And a great story. How smart girl!

    • watAgame

      April 9, 2015 at 18:41

      Thanks for your comment. :D We really admire our savvy users!

  • Marr

    May 27, 2015 at 10:17

    This is awesome, haha!

    • watAgame

      May 27, 2015 at 10:18

      We couldn’t agree more!