If you have access to the Internet, what dangers should you be aware of?A Hunting Ground for Sexual Predators “I was talking with some people in a chat room,” says Abigail, “when a man asked me if I knew any 14-year-olds. He said that he was willing to give them money for sex.” Abigail’s experience is not an isolated one.Students may even chat about their class project with a qualified engineer, chemist, or another expert.Many people who visit chat rooms, though, are not there to discuss academic subjects.The anonymous nature of chat rooms could tempt you into becoming deceitful.Abigail says: “I would start conversations with people and then take on a personality to fit the conversation.” Like Abigail, you may be tempted to assume a different personality to fit in with a certain chat room group.As noted earlier, some chat rooms may serve a useful purpose.
While chat rooms are a relatively recent phenomenon, the tendency for humans to lie and deceive is as old as history itself.(Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9, 10) You can avoid being duped by liars by following King David’s example.“I have not sat with men of untruth,” he wrote, “and with those who hide what they are I do not come in.”—Psalm 26:4.Out of curiosity, he wandered near the house of a prostitute. Once his desire was aroused, though, talk was not enough. just as a bird hastens into the trap.”—Proverbs , 23.“All of a sudden he is going after her, like a bull that comes even to the slaughter, . Similarly, talking about sex online could easily lead to your going after greater gratification.If you need to access one, such as for a school project, ask your parents or perhaps another mature adult to sit in on your session.