Are Chat Rooms A Menace To Your Children

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My answer would be: yes, with qualifications.

I’ve been running internet chat rooms since 1998, at http://www.tigertom.com/chat_rooms.htm. Nothing fancy. The software was freely available. I just had to make some important modifications: adding bad word filters and automated ‘kicking’ (ejection from the rooms).

You think free speech is a good thing, until you read what anonymous, malevolent young men say to fifteen-year-old girls. It isn’t Shakespeare, let me tell you that.

That’s another key point: anonymity. A pillar of the free speech argument. Let freedom fighters and the repressed masses have their say! Except it’s more likely a twenty-five-year-old sociopath pretending to be sixteen and making young girls cry with his sickening profanity.

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