Chat rooms bring together people from all over the world who share common interests. However, they can introduce members to problems as well as new online friends. Most chat room issues stem from the fact that you don’t know the people you’re chatting to in real life. People may adopt online personas and don’t always tell the truth about themselves, and the relationships you build are not the same as those you make offline.
People who join chat rooms may lie about themselves to build unhealthy relationships with other members. This affects children mostly, who don’t know how to identify warning signs or protect themselves. According to Enough Is Enough, the Internet safety organization website, 37 percent of sexual solicitations of young people happen in chat rooms.