I belong to Twitter.
For those of you who don't use twitter, it's an on-line uh, social place where you can meet other people and leave short messages.
I'm still not sure how useful it is, or for what, but it's sorta interesting so every few days or so I go over there and post a sentence or two and poke around.
Last night a mother on Twitter was moaning about how her young child would not go to sleep and made a comment about wanting to smother the child.
Another mother who saw this figured out the first woman's address through her Amazon link and somehow the police were contacted and sent over to check on the kids.
The kids were fine. The mom had just been frustrated and was venting on Twitter.
Yikes. I mean seriously. Yikes.
The downside of blogging and social networking is that sometimes people forget that they're not just talking to one or two good friends who know when they're kidding with their sarcastic comments and know that they would NEVER harm a child.
The mom blogger who had the police contacted felt that if she ignored what she later described as a possible 'cry for help' and a child was harmed then she would have never been able to forgive herself.
The mom who had the police show up at her door was really ticked off at the other woman who called the police. These women have never met each other.
I can see both sides of it.
I was only on-line to witness the fall out and harsh words exchanged. I never saw the original post.
What would I have done? I have no idea. I like to think I would at least have tried to contact the frustrated mom before I called the police.
I still can't decide. Did the Mom who contacted the authorities over react completely or did she make the right call in getting involved?
I think I'm leaning towards the over reacting side myself – but that's easy to say in hindsight.
What do you think?