Alternatively, if you are too shy to flirt in school but still want to kick back and banter with other teens, the Internet provides you anonymity. Just click on the enter button and introduce yourself.
You don't have to worry about someone rejecting your comments or looking like a fool because no one knows who you are and where you live (unless you tell the person you are chatting with, which is a major no-no). Before too long, you will have made some new online friends.
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.
In the Chat Room, teens are able to share about their problems and issues while they receive support and encouragement from their peers.The Teen Crisis Chat Room is a place teens can come with their questions, concerns, frustrations and find a group of peers willing to listen and hoping to help.The chat room is run by youth from San Mateo County and supervised by Crisis Center Ameri Corps members.For example, the site cannot determine your email name unless you choose to type it.Allowing a website to create a cookie does not give that or any other site access to the rest of your computer, and only the site that created the cookie can read it.Online social and dating sites continue to grow at a rapid rate over the last few years and there is an increased risk a teen will fall victim to an online predator.Websites like Myspace, facebook and Twitter all cater for teens and don’t cost any money to join so young people and adults can meet.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.She would not have had any contact with her 31-year old ex-Marine if it had not been for the easy access to e-mail and chat that today's children seem to demand as a right, and we should not pretend otherwise or blame inadequate supervision.With its immediate instructions to show common courtesy and respect for other teens on the site, The Teen Flirt Chat Room fosters a healthy, considerate environment. Just think of a screen name you would like to use and type it in.It may take a few seconds for the room to appear, but it shouldn't take more than a minute.