Girl pretends iPod touch is an iPhone to scare away kidnapper

It turns out that the iPod touch is a kidnapper deterrent. In Stanton, Delaware, a 12-year-old girl was waiting for a ride outside Stanton Middle School when a man driving a white van pulled up next to her and yelled at her to "get in the van". Instead of panicking, the girl pulled out her iPod touch, held it to her ear, and told the man that she was calling 9-1-1. Believing that she was using an iPhone, the driver immediately sped off. What a smart girl.

An iPod touch may have just saved this girl's life. Now, don't be surprised when your preteen argues that if you had his/her safety in mind, you'd buy him/her an iPod touch.

[ABC via Cult of Mac]

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Girl pretends iPod touch is an iPhone to scare away kidnapper

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I bet Bill Gates will think twice about not letting his kids have an iPhone or iPod now! xD

Geez, everyone is so quick to be negative about this story. Most 12 year olds wouldn't have done that, they would've probably ran but not that. It's easy to read this on the Internet and wax intelligent about how you would've done this too, but whatever. Good for the girl.
Although dude totally could've seen the value in an iPhone and taken it. More like shame on the dude for not recognizing the difference or trying to make a quick "iPhone" driven buck.

Look, when I go to pick up children in my white box van, I just yell at them and say, "hey you, little girl, get in the DAMN VAN"...for the life of me, I cant figure out why this tactic hasn't yet worked. Maybe if I use candy to lure them in..."hey little girl, wanna piece of candy". Sounds like the lying little girl who told this story has seen a bit too much Law and Order :/

She was standing outside of her middle school and this happened?
What makes this unbelievable is that there weren't any teachers around or anything...

@ Anonymous - agreed. If she's gonna be in situation out by herself, why haven't her parents given her a cell phone!?!

I think she was smart to keep her cool. You would be amazed what can happen even if adults are around to supervise pick up areas. How many times do you hear news stories where a child was abducted, and no one saw anything. I am glad this is posted here, if nothing more to make you think about safety of our kids. Thanks TiPb

I bet if the story had read that she pull out her iPod touch and the guy found her out and kidnapped her y'all assholes would be saying she was stupid for thinking she could fool anyone with that.

how do you know the guy thought it was a iphone. us cell phone geeks and tell what kind of phone someone has a mile away but im pretty sure most people just see rectangle box and think some kind of phone.
but that was great quick thinking on the girls side.

It was a great thing the girl thought of that really quickly... She was brought up well.. LOL
Actually with the combination of these two devices you can make the ipod touch as a phone.
Rogers or Bell's MIFI + IPOD TOUCH + SKYPE = Phone

I would think a 12-yo has a basic mobilephone for even emergency calls, no? But, goodfor her, smart girl.

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