Be Careful in Chatrooms are generally designed to allow groups of people to chat and allows anyone to contribute their comments. However, many chatrooms allow the facility to move away from the public area to a private chat, where only those invited can take part.

This is fine if you want to have a private chat amongst a few friends, but be wary if anyone you don’t know asks you to take part in a private chat. Why do they want to talk to you alone? What do they want to say that they don’t want anyone else to know about?  If anyone in a chatroom says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell someone you trust, such as a parent or teacher. You can also report abuse online to CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. Many social networking web sites now display CEOP’s Report Abuse button which you can click to report abuse instantly.


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