A late arrival into the world of social media, I nevertheless embraced it as a kind of escape.
While my husband spent most evenings catching up on the horse racing he'd recorded over the weekend, I began perusing chatrooms – not in pursuit of cybersex necessarily, but initially more for harmless flirtation, a little virtual attention.
Online chatting may seem like a way for you to express yourself freely in an anonymous setting.
Most people do not think twice about what they post online, the seriousness of their intentions or who they direct their comments to.
On the net it is dangerous to believe everything people tell you. There are many oddballs out there – do you really want them on your doorstep? Most parents would not jump for joy at this increase in their phonebill. If a specific person harasses you online, swears at you or constantly makes disgusting suggestions, you can have them barred – every chat room usually has an ‘overseer’ who is contactable. Puffball will react with shock when she finds out you are in fact a scholar and not the psychiatrist you pretended to be.What's your opinion on teens getting involved in social networking and online chat rooms?I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the Internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.Tell at least two people where you are going and when you could be expected back.Preferably don't go at all - not unless you take at least two people with you. Call yourself Sex Bomb or Dreamstud and you are bound to attract the attention of sickos who cannot get their jollies in the normal social way – ask yourself why this is? 7 things to never do to your vagina SEE: 9 nasty effects smoking has on your body MY STORY: I made the brave choice to keep my leg Real-life sleeping beauty sleeps for 16 hours a day Don't vaccinate your children? Diabetes: type 2 Implantable insulin devices to revolutionise diabetes management Broccoli extract shows promise for type 2 diabetes 9 most common street drugs Vha Venda king: ‘I love people with mental illness’ Don't vaccinate your children? This includes using means such as online chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to contact the minor.