I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.In one room we could be exotic 18-year old Brazilian twins working to get our modeling careers off the ground while in the next we could easily slip into the guise of a mysterious lonelyhearts Spanish exchange student seeking a nice middle aged office drone to. Sometimes we may have outed ourselves as the 12/Fs we really were, but in general the idea was to fool others into believing the bull we were serving up.It's remarkable to think that just a decade earlier, we were content to wait five minutes to catch even the briefest glimpse of the internet. ", we'd be clamoring to reach our favorite chat rooms.
That is, imploring his chatroommates to give their age, sex, and location.Back in the day, there was no wireless or high speed internet connections, there was a little phone jack that shared a common line with our home phones.In a time before universal cell phone ownership, this was a pretty serious inconvenience.Mind you, this was years before Chris Hansen was popping in to offer you a seat while the decoy internet teen went to go check on the hot tub.There was no catching of predators, no online policing, just pure, unadulterated dangerous fun.Once upon a time, our parents didn't have a clue what we were doing online.The internet was a new and exciting place, and it seemed like a safe and inpenetrable fortress of unsupervised mischief.Not to mention how annoying that modem sound was when you picked up the phone. When children of the 90s first got in-home internet access, it was a novel and exciting concept.Finally, a relatively captive audience with whom to share our innermost thoughts, dreams, and anonymous flirtations.Monitoring every e-mail, sitting in on every chat and checking web access logs is not the way, certainly for the over-10s.While there are significant benefits to being online and to using the resources available on the net, the balance between these benefits and the dangers needs to be better understood, and a new understanding is required.