So, you have found the small world of chatrooms during this lockdown period. Congratulations! It’s through these online rooms that I have seen some of my most cherished friends. It seems impossible to meet all of them in person due to distance constrictions, but it does not mean that they won’t have value in your life.
Now, although I am all for chatting with anyone virtually, you cannot assume that everyone who will send you a message is excellent. In truth, you cannot be sure that those are real people and not bots posing as humans. To stay safe in a new chatroom, here are vital tips that will never grow old.
Avoid Giving Too Many Details About Yourself
The first rule is a no-brainer: do not over-introduce yourself. For instance, if someone asks about your name, stick with your nickname or first name. If they ask about what you do in life, you can mention your position at work. In case they want to know where you are from, talk about your state or country.
By saying your surname, company, or a full address, respectively, you are putting yourself in danger. Although the other person may give out their details, you can tell them politely that you will do the same in time. A lot of decent folks will respect that; the ill-meaning ones, however, may call you names. Still, if they are not cool with it, chat with someone else.
Use The ‘Ignore’ or ‘Block’ Button Well
Sometimes, you will come across individuals who will annoy you after a few minutes of chatting. They may be too aggressive, too talkative, too arrogant, or too sexual (yes, it happens!). In case you no longer want to hear from them, hit the ‘Ignore’ or ‘Block’ button at once.
I get it—it is not the sweetest thing to do. However, remember that you have decided to go to that chatroom to converse with like-minded folks. If someone tries to bother you, you have every right to keep them at bay.
Do Not Accept Random Video Requests
Keep in mind that most people who send video requests without getting to know you first are up to no good. They are the creeps who get a kick out of watching you. If you accept their request, you are giving them a chance to act in a perverted manner.
Like the obsessive chatters, the video requesters tend to call non-stop, too. They cannot take a hint even if you cancel their request one or two times. Thus, feel free to block them before they ruin your day.
Remember That Holding A Regular Membership Does Not Equate To Being Trustworthy
Many people go on chat sites to be able to talk to new people while staying incognito. These websites typically have a guest log-in option that allows someone to start chatting without registering. Despite that, try not to discriminate by thinking that they are less trustworthy that the registered members.
You see, anyone can sign up for chatrooms. You only need to type an email and verify it by clicking a link that they send to your account. It means that even crooks can register and do their dirty tricks online. The best thing you can do is chat with the person for a few minutes and ask your guts if you can trust them or not.
I will never badmouth chatrooms because they have been created with positive intentions. However, I cannot lie about the fact that they are not free from creepy folks. Take the tips mentioned above to heart to avoid putting yourself in online danger amid COVID-19 lockdown.