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In the cyber world we live in today virtually anything can happen There is no checking system for identities no way to be sure that people you communicate with over the internet are really who they say they are This makes it extremely easy for people to remain anonymous while pursuing less than honorable pastimes There are many ways to misuse computers from viruses to hacking to email The one we will be focusing on is the chat room Chat rooms are a wonderful tool of society but as with anything it can be misused For instance say that a pedophile logs onto a childrens chat room They seek out children and befriend them begin having conversations with the aforesaid child Conversation serves to prime the child for the sexual suggestionsDisclosures the child makes in response to such requestsserves to lure the child into an emotionally abusive arena Rachel OConnell httpwwwonceuclanacukidichtm In this statement it is made clear the dangers a chat room may pose to a child Rachel OConnell also says The chat room encounters may escalate to an off-line meeting The incidences and outcomes of these meetings have been well documented by the press over the course of the last year Pedophilia is a great risk around the internet and just one of the ways chat rooms may be misused Because of the security that anonymity gives people someone might do things on-line that they would not normally do such as use profane language crude humor or sexually harass another internet user Not only does this make the others around them uncomfortable but it might also affect their psyche For instance say that a teenage girl logs onto a chat room and another user whether it be a male or female young or old begins verbally assaulting her or make lewd comments Depending on the girls emotional state background and current events in her life the harassment could very well leave a
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