It can be hard to seek help or sometimes even when we do it feels like nobody’s listening. Talking to someone can go a long way towards feeling better.
We invite you to try out our teen support rooms.7 Cups Support Rooms are safe places where you can vent about your issues, chat with other teens, find kind people that really listen and care, have light hearted conversations and participate in support discussion and fun events.
The Teen Crisis Chat Room is a place teens can come with their questions, concerns, frustrations and find a group of peers willing to listen and hoping to help.
The chat room is run by youth from San Mateo County and supervised by Crisis Center Ameri Corps members.
There are also software programs available that will allow you to keep track of every key stroke your child makes when sending an e-mail or an instant message.
Here you can be whoever you want to be – on the Internet everyone is beautiful. Remember that chat rooms, even if you are messaging one-on-one, are not private – people who have the know-how can access these conversations and also the details of the computer from where you are chatting. The Internet is anonymous, distant and cannot really fulfill your social needs on an ongoing basis.Tell at least two people where you are going and when you could be expected back.Preferably don't go at all - not unless you take at least two people with you. Call yourself Sex Bomb or Dreamstud and you are bound to attract the attention of sickos who cannot get their jollies in the normal social way – ask yourself why this is?Move the computer to a common area of the house, such as the kitchen or family room, where mom and dad can easily look over your daughter's shoulder to see what kind of sites she's visiting.It would also be an excellent idea to invest in Internet filtering software or sign up with a provider that blocks objectionable Web sites and allows for parental monitoring.