This post is part of SoCS.
This SoCS prompt is “Title“:
The stranger boosted up his laptop and logged onto the game. The game was called “Virtual reality”. His avatar’s name was “Johnny__187”, and he was wearing simple shorts and a t shirt. Seems harmless enough.
He chose a chatroom that was less busy with other avatars. The screen loaded and then there Johnny__187 was in Downtown next to another Avatar, “BabyBear187”.
“Hello,” said Johnny__187
“Hi,” said Babybear187
“How are you?”
“How old are you?”
The stranger rubbed his chin and thought for a moment. then he typed;
“8. I’m in year four”.
“I turned 8 yesterday”
“When’s your birthday?”
“In June” -BabyBear187
“How’s the weather?”-Johnny__187
“Over here, its sunny,”-Johnny__187
“How bout you?”-Johnny__187
On the other side of the continent, in a school’s computer area of the library, sat a girl in front of the computer screen. She had been playing VirtualReality in Downtown, shopping for clothes, when Johnny came and started talking with her. At first, it seemed okay, but his questions were becoming really weird and it was so unlike the other avatars.
She decided to log out and log back into a different chat room away from this weird avatar. Just then, as she logged off, the school bell rang.
She logged off her school account and went back to class.
Meanwhile, the stranger had already turned away from BabyBear187, and found a new victim to prey?
The title of the movie that I used was “Avatar”. It had been in my mind because I kept mixing it up with “Avengers” movie and because I’ve been trying to find the next movie to bring to a holiday program. My story is actually similar to the movie Avatar, which surprised me. Unfortunately, my post isn’t as “Steam of consciousness” as I wanted it to be because I started the post (but not story), and then I had to go out for dinner. (I edited it a little bit). But mainly, the story is about the dangers that children are exposed to while in Cyber space.
I think that when kids play in virtual worlds, any “avatar” who talks to them or wants to be friends with them is still technically a stranger. And while this should be okay, because they’re all in primary, sadly, it’s not always the case. Sometimes, sad old and gross men use these games to take advantage of kids. I don’t know how in detail, but I know that it happens.