Problems with Chatrooms
The main reason that your parents and teachers worry about you using chatrooms is because you can’t always tell who you are talking to.
Most of the time, someone you chat to will be genuine. You can have a conversation with them, have a laugh, tell each other about things and over time build up a real friendship.
But, you do need to be aware that not everyone in a chatroom is really who they say they are.
Because you can’t see who you are talking to, the person called pinkbunny might not really be a 13 year old girl. They might be a 45 year old man who gets a kick from chatting to young girls or boys, or perhaps even worse, trying to meet up with them in real life.
We don’t want to scare you, but you only need to look at the news stories almost every week to read about a young person who was tricked into meeting someone who wasn’t who they said they were.
But, when you use a chatroom, you do need to follow some basic rules to make sure that you stay safe.
Chatrooms can be great places and so long as you use them safely and your parents agree, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use them.
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