Teens should congregate on sites and services designed for the exclusive use of younger chatters.

The next most important thing is choosing your nickname or user ID.

One of the unfortunate realities of chat rooms is that sexual talk -- sometimes harmless, sometimes explicit -- often appears in rooms that have nothing to do with dating, sex or relationships.

If you're going to spend a lot of time in chat rooms, you have to learn to ignore all the noise and concentrate on your own conversations.

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There are some general tips and guidelines for chatting safely.

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