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Are you web Aware?

The Great News
In well-monitored
chat rooms you can
meet people from
around the world
who share your
interests in a safe
and non-harassing
You can
communicate directly
with people you
might not otherwise
be in touch with:
teachers, community
leaders, or experts.
You can participate in
an online community
where you're not
judged based on how
you look.

The Not So Great
Chat room
discussions may
become sexual or
violent, or they may
promote hate
against others.
Because some
people feel totally
anonymous in chat
rooms, they believe
they can act any
way they want. Girls
in particular may
receive crude or
sexual comments.
Chat rooms are
cruising grounds for
pedophiles and other
predators who want
to make contact
with young people.
Because kids feel
anonymous when
chatting online they
are more likely to
speak honestly and
conversations can
quickly become
Online relationships
with strangers in
chat rooms can lead
to you being
cyberstalked, sent
pornography, or
pressured to arrange
a real-world meeting.
You could become
involved in risk-
taking activities.
Some older kids
participate in online
flirting or sexual
Chat room
participants can end
up hurting others.
"Flaming," where you
make personal
insults or disrespect
a person, is common
in chat rooms.

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