Online teen sext chat room
It really is shocking how widespread this phenomenon is. The consequences for children can be very damaging.
Young and foolish, 12-year old Shevaun Pennington found a friend online and decided that what he had to offer was more exciting than the boys in school.
She joins a long line of other children who have met people in chat rooms or over e-mail and been persuaded to turn an online friendship into a real-world one, with consequences that will terrify any parent.
It is traditional for those of us who have been online for many years to leap to the net's defence at times like this, arguing that parental ignorance is to blame and that anyway the net brings benefits which far outweigh any risks it may pose to children. Shevaun's disappearance was the net's fault and we have to accept this.
To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. The media are constantly presenting horror stories about young teens being lured off the internet from social media networks, teen chat rooms or dating sites into compromising positions by pedophiles and sex traffickers.
Unfortunately these types of events are not just stories they really happen and young teen internet users are at the greatest risk.
The experiences of Shevaun and other children like her have only confirmed my view that kids do not need to use chat rooms to talk to strangers.
Monitoring every e-mail, sitting in on every chat and checking web access logs is not the way, certainly for the over-10s.
In today’s times even businesses are using chat rooms to connect with their clients and the other potential customers that they have.