Every Mother's Worst Fear

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Every Mother's Worst Fear
Written byJohn Robert Bensink
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Starring Cheryl Ladd
Jordan Ladd
Ted McGinley
Robert Wisden
Music by Joseph Conlan
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
Producer John L. Roman
Cinematography David Geddes
EditorHibah Frisina
Running time92 minutes
Original release
  • August 19, 1998 (1998-08-19)

Every Mother's Worst Fear is a 1998 American made-for-television thriller film starring Cheryl Ladd, Jordan Ladd and Ted McGinley. This film is a cautionary story of cyberspace, kidnapping and the dangers of chat rooms.



Martha Hoagland is a 16-year-old girl suffering through her parents' recent divorce. Her mother is working long hours. Martha has recently been dumped by her high school boyfriend. Feeling lonely and seeking solace, Martha turns to an online chat room. Martha believes she is chatting with a young man who cares for her, when in reality she is chatting with Scanman, an internet predator involved in a cyber-kidnapping ring. Martha, who has told her online chat friend that she is 21, is lured to join her new "friend". When the investigation starts, he claims he never sent her a ticket. The police, the FBI, and an experienced computer hacker help Martha's mother Connie to rescue her 16-year-old daughter from the "Scanman."


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