Little Red Riding Hood - Cyber Safety Lesson

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out she carried her iPhone and the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood. She had many followers on Instagram and enjoyed posting photos regularly.

One morning, Little Red Riding Hood asked her mother if she could go to visit her grandmother as it had been awhile since they'd seen each other. Her grandmother didn’t use the internet and therefore was unable to use FaceTime, message or email.

"That's a good idea," her mother said.  So they packed a nice basket for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother.

When the basket was ready, and with her smartphone fully charged the little girl put on her red cloak and kissed her mother goodbye.

"Remember, go straight to Grandma's house," her mother cautioned.  "Use Google Maps and don’t stray from the path, and please don't talk to strangers on Twitter or Instagram! Ensure your account is set to Private and don’t use Kik, SnapChat or Tumblr! The woods are dangerous."

"Don't worry, mommy," said Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll be careful."

But when Little Red Riding Hood strolled along the path in the woods, she was texting and responded to some messages. She posted a picture on Social Media and added a few hastags to her posts. She liked some posts of her friends and browsed many images as she walked. She forgot that she had Location Settings were on and forgot the promise she has made to her mother.  She shared a video of the trees swaying in the forest, skyped a friend on her way and updated her status on Facebook.

Little Red Riding Hood was enjoying the warm summer day so much, that she didn't notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her...

Suddenly, the stalker appeared beside her.

"What are you doing out here, little girl?" the stranger asked in a voice as friendly as he could muster.

"I'm on my way to see my Grandma who lives at geo:-27.4806,152.9541,"  Little Red Riding Hood replied.

She checked her phone and then realized how late she was and quickly excused herself, rushing down the path to her Grandma's house.

The wolf who had followed her every move online, departed and took a shortcut. Sometime later and a little out of breath from running, the criminal arrived at Grandma's and knocked lightly at the door.

"Oh thank goodness dear!  Come in, come in!  I was worried sick that something had happened to you in the forest," said Grandma thinking that the knock was her granddaughter.

The stranger let himself in.  Poor Granny did not have time to say another word, before the wolf gobbled her up!

The wolf let out a satisfied burp, and then poked through Granny's wardrobe to find a nightgown that he liked.  He added a frilly sleeping cap, and for good measure, dabbed some of Granny's perfume behind his pointy ears.

A few minutes later, Red Riding Hood knocked on the door.  The wolf jumped into bed and pulled the covers over his nose.  "Who is it?" he called in a cackly voice.

"It's me, Little Red Riding Hood," she called.

"Oh how lovely!  Do come in, my dear," croaked the wolf.

When Little Red Riding Hood entered the little cottage, she could scarcely recognize her Grandmother.

"Grandmother!  Your voice sounds so odd.  Is something the matter?" she asked.

"Oh, I just have touch of a cold," squeaked the wolf adding a cough at the end to prove the point.

"But Grandmother!  What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.

"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.

"But Grandmother!  What big teeth you have," said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.

"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he leapt out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.

Almost too late, Little Red Riding Hood realized that the person in the bed was not her Grandmother, but a hungry wolf. She was unaware that he was one of her many online followers and had been using a different name.

She ran across the room and through the door, shouting, "Help!  Wolf!" as loudly as she could.

A technician who was installing cables nearby heard her cry and ran towards the cottage as fast as he could.

He grabbed the wolf and made him spit out the poor Grandmother who was a bit frazzled by the whole experience, but still in one piece.

"Oh Grandma, I was so scared!" sobbed Little Red Riding Hood, "I'll never speak to strangers again. I will ensure my accounts are set to private and update my passwords. I'll think before I post and make sure that I turn off location settings. I need to be more careful about what I share online and I must never stray from the path again."

"There, there, child.  You've learned an important Cyber Safety lesson. Thank goodness you shouted loud enough for the technician to hear you!"

The workman knocked out the wolf and carried him deep into the forest where he wouldn't bother young people any longer. While he was there, he disconnected his WiFi.

Little Red Riding Hood, turning off all her devices and had a nice lunch and a long chat with her Grandmother. The young girl was surprised at how wonderful it felt to disconnect from her world and reconnect with her Grandmother again.


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