Over the years, there have been several high-profile news stories concerning adults who have masqueraded as teenagers in chat rooms in order to lure teens into real-life sexual encounters.
There's even a popular television segment on Dateline NBC called "To Catch a Predator", which uses fake teen chatters as bait [source: MSNBC].
Even if someone asks you directly, don't share information about where you live, your phone number, your real name or the names of family members.
But the most important rule of all, especially for younger chatters, is never to arrange to meet with someone in real life who you only know from a chat room.
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Many teens are routinely exposed to pornography and sexual advances from strangers on the Internet whether they seek it or not, according to a new study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.