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Teen Chatroom Troubles: Why Your Kids Should Not Visit Chatrooms

Written By: Kathleen Lieu

Chatting with friends can be considered the equivalent of calling them on the phone; however, chatting with strangers in random chatrooms is dangerous. Dangers lurk in every corner of chatrooms. The sense of anonymity allows chatters to display hostility that can affect your children. Unless the chatroom puts certain limitations on the chatters, a random chatroom can have disturbing sexual chats, profanities, and an endless stream of stupidity.

No offense to frequent chatters though, but it is quite possible for your own IQ to decrease by chatting with chatters who know nothing more than to ask for pictures, a/s/l or chatters who do nothing else but trash talk others.

Chatrooms are hostile places and they can increase your chances for receiving spam emails. Not only that, you can have stalkers in these chatrooms waiting for unsuspecting children and teens to fall into their traps. This is a bit extreme, but you’ve heard it on the news. It may not happen often enough to scare teens though.

Parents, do moderate the online time usage of your children. Obsessing with chatting takes time away from book reading and their homework. I do not discourage chatting with their friends, but again, I do not smile fondly on chatrooms. Unless the chatroom is a host for a close-knit web community where basically people are friendly and they know each other online, a chatroom is not a friendly place to be. You have insults, you have animosity, you have crudeness, and you have sexual predators. For teens who are in need of advice, chatrooms should not be the first place you go to.

Chatrooms of course have their value. With projects, instead of three or more way calling, a group of classmates can plan online. However, I will reiterate, I am only discouraging chatrooms with strangers in them. But is not a stranger just a friend you haven’t made? Sure. But there are better ways of making friends.<

For instance, forums are generally safer, especially those with moderators, but still, it is with your own discretion that you join them.

Finally, there is no need for a child or a teen to subject him or herself to the pain chatrooms can bring. Name calling by random strangers for relatively harmless comments are possible.

For instance, recently, I’ve entered a chatroom to try to promote my ebooks. I typed in simple comments on the brain and received the following from someone I wasn’t even chatting with:

“Shut up science bitch.”

More disturbing things go on in chatrooms. I’ve had my share of more experiences as a teen and none of them do I reflect fondly upon.

Generally, parents should give their teens trust, privacy and respect when they deserve it. Parents should not start and invade their child’s privacy, but they should still try to encourage them to use their online time productively instead of visiting chatrooms.

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About the Author

Kathleen Lieu has a pending psychology degree and is currently working on a BS/MS degree in PT. She hopes to also earn a DPT in the future. Asides from academics and schooling, she writes ebooks and self-publishes them. She is also an avatar artist and an amateur manga-ka. Her website is Nummyz.com

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