Chat rooms provide a great platform to share information with like-minded people. To get the most from these places you need to use them properly. To help you out, here are tips on how to use them:
While most of the people using these rooms are good, there are a few that are rotten and might try to hurt you. To stay away from them you need to do some things:
Limit the information you give out : Since the people do not know you, there is no way that they can get to you – they use the information you give out. To be safe, limit the information you post on your profile. You should put only the necessary information. This calls for you to avoid posting your home address, your real name, the school information, phone number and any other information that will shout you out.
While photos do not show your home address, you are discouraged from posting them in the chat rooms as they tend to attract unwanted attention.
Things to watch out in the chat rooms
In addition to being cautious of the information that you share in the chat rooms, you also need to be careful of how you interact with the people there. Some of the things to watch out for include:
Sexual comments : If you are chatting about regular things and the person instantly changes the conversation and starts speaking about sex or sexual topics, you should be suspicious as they do not have good intentions. This does not apply if you are in a sex chat room as that's what you are in there for.
Very personal questions : It's standard in the chat room for people to ask questions but they should not be too personal. A person may ask your age but when they ask about your hair color, complexion, size of your feet, that is too personal and a reason to be cautious.
Private chat rooms : Most of the chat rooms have two options: private and public. You have the option of using either depending on the nature of the conversation. If you are having a general discussion that is fit for the public and someone asks you to join him / her to a private chatroom, you should be suspicious.
What to do when you do not feel safe
When you come across a person that does not have good intentions, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. Some of these things include:
Block the person : This should be the first thing you should do. If the platform you are using allows this, block the person so that he / she can not reach you.
Leave the chat room : Sometimes the platform does not give you the option to block someone. In such an instance you should just log off. You can return to the platform with a different username or when you are confident of facing the threatening person.
This is what you need to know about online chat rooms. You should be cautious of the way you interact with the people as not everyone has good intentions. The key is, never to trust anyone.