Various facilities are available to search out others with similar backgrounds or interests.If a child enters an online chat room they may encounter an adult person, who may or may not be pretending to be a child, but who is on the lookout for a child to whom they can 'talk dirty', send obscene images, obtain sexually explicit pictures, engage in cybersex or meet for sex offline.
In some jurisdictions there may be a limited range of possible offences to cover such actions.
Where there are laws in place, how are we to combat this predatory type of behaviour?
One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.
If you are a first time visitor, to make your first time experience as enjoyable as possible we ask that you adhere to these simple commonsense rules. Chat room safety is YOUR responsibility, not ours, so we strongly urge that you also read our Chat Room Safety Guide as soon as possible.
If you're new to our site, we also suggest that you take a look at our Chat Room Etiquette page.
Some have net connectivity on portable devices such as mobile phones.