The Cyber World is NOT always safe. At least NOT for everyone.
Bad things do happen to good people online, and it comes as a NO that a great majority of the troubles people find themselves in online are as a result of a horrible twist of events that started innocuously with a simple “hey” in the chat rooms.
Kids just happen to be the most targeted
While it’s easier to advise those planning to stay out of trouble to steer clear of these chat rooms, there are a lot of ways these chatting chambers could turn out to be so beneficial to your business or overall well being.
So instead of warning you to avoid them, we’ll be lining up some tips that you could use to ensure your safety during any random instant messaging session:
Refrain from giving out personal information
Simple logic demands that you refrain from disclosing any of your personal information in any public forum or chat room. This includes things such as your name, age, phone number, physical address or picture.
Check the company running the chat room app or website
Big companies prioritize in keeping you safe. If the company or organization running the chat app or website has any form of ill reputation or is known for doing nothing to monitor chat room activities, you might want to skip it for another instant messaging site or app.
Block anyone who gets you uncomfortable
You should develop a habit of blocking or reporting anyone who gets you uncomfortable in the chat room. This could be due to the topic they introduce or if they appear to habor ulterior motives. Anyone that’s crassly insulting should be blocked as well.
Keep in mind that some people are NOT always who they appear to be
Don’t be gullible. Don’t let those with ill motives fool you by their political correctness and politeness. Take time to know people, revealing very little about yourself and digging for much about them. And most importantly, remember to run for the hills anytime you smell a red flag.
Start by choosing a gender neutral nickname for yourself. After that take time to study what everyone is talking about in the rooms before your can chime in with your contribution.
Do this bearing in mind that there are all sorts of people in the rooms. Anything that reeks of racism, sexual innuendo, or chauvinism may result into a serious dogpiling. Try refraining from such topics and you’ll be safe.