The experiences of Shevaun and other children like her have only confirmed my view that kids do not need to use chat rooms to talk to strangers.
Political issue In the last couple of months my 12-year-old daughter has started chatting to her friends online, and she enjoys the experience greatly. Whatever age verification schemes we might come up with, a determined adult will find a way around them - or just find a way to steal a child's online identity and strike up conversation in an apparently trustworthy space.
Hello and welcome to the Relationship-Buddy chat rooms! For women who have been trying to find that illusive “special someone” for a while, this may seem like an impossible question to answer.After all, for most of our lives, men were simple creatures.One feature which appeals to her greatly is that she can have a private conversation with her school mates even if I'm sitting in the same room, something that she can't do on her phone. She has let me set up her chat service so that only people on her contact list can see she is online or send her messages, and I get to look through her contact list to check that they are all friends I know. In many ways this would be worse than the present situation, where we can at least ask kids to be vigilant about everyone they meet online. Doing this would at least reduce the number of kids exposed to the danger, and it would not deprive of them of any useful or valuable experience.The only answer is to keep kids out of these spaces - to make them adult-only and require age verification by those hosting them. Looking after our kids means setting limits on their behaviour to keep them safe.Now, as we reach our 50s and 60s, the situation is somewhat more complicated.