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What's your opinion on teens getting involved in social networking and online chat rooms?

I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.

Chat rooms have played an important role in the evolution of interpersonal communication over computer networks. Then came USENET, an e-mail based newsgroup started in 1979. Some bulletin board users wanted to interact with the group in real time instead of waiting to reply to an ongoing message thread.

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But the Compu Serve CB simulator is widely regarded as the first real-time chat room.

Launched to the public in 1980, the CB simulator capitalized on the explosive (if short-lived) popularity of citizen's band radio culture in American country music and movies [source: PC Magazine].

Chat rooms are online spaces where users communicate with one another through text-based messages.

It's like a virtual cocktail party, where strangers gather to flirt, argue about politics and sports, ask for advice, talk about shared hobbies and interests, or simply hang out.

Over the years, chat rooms have lost ground to IM and social networks, and have suffered from bad press concerning their safety, especially for teens. And how do you make sure you and your children have a safe, enjoyable chat room experience?

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