Top 10 Reasons to Be Careful of Who You Talk to OnlineI'll admit, when I first decided to join this site I actually wanted to make some new friends online. That was stupid of me to do because honestly I really did have a lot of people harass me on this damn site (especially on my Aragorn98 account). I honestly really should've known better than to not let them harass me like that and I really should've known better than to talk to people online because the internet is NEVER safe, mainly because it's full of trolls, douchebags, perverts, cyberbullies, hackers, scammers, etc.
If you're reading this list right now then I highly advise you to be super careful of the people you meet online because you really should trust me when I say all of this stuff.
The Top Ten
Great list. It's exactly why I turned off messaging. - Misfire
True, the internet is full of those creatures. - Userguy44
They could either be psychopaths, perverts, major douchebags, they're everywhere online.
True true. - Randomator
This needs no explanation.
Cyberbullying is real. Words do hurt (what makes you think that people say it's better to use a cuss word than to hurt a person anyway? ). I would argue though (just like Cyri) that if it's just one person, then it shouldn't be a big deal. But if it's more than one person then it is a problem.
Yes, cyberbullying is real. It's verbal bullying - whether words are said in person, over the phone or online, on the screen, it's verbal bullying. There are many scientific books about cyberbullying. The rustlers claim there's no cyberbullying ("it's just words on the screen") because they want to avoid responsibility for bullying people. Are their motives so hard to understand? - Metal_Treasure
They could try to message you and say they're going to kill you (what would make it even worse is if they sent you a picture of your house, meaning they know exactly where you live).
So always make sure you're careful.
For example, let's say there was this 40-year-old man pretending to be a 14-year-old girl online and wanted to talk to other online teens just to lure them in. Not a pleasant thought.
Can’t trust anyone you meet online - Randomator
If you're trying to make new friends online, forget that because they could actually be backstabbers who would betray you. I should know because I already had that sort of thing happen to me.
I've met people like these, not just online, but outside the internet too. - Misfire
It also happens offline but it's easier for the douchebags to do it online because online is more anonymous. - Metal_Treasure
They could either troll lists of yours and bother you endlessly.
Shouldn't you have already been taught not to talk to strangers as a kid? I should definitely know by now because it is dangerous.
Exactly. - Misfire
Not necessarily about themselves but more about other particular topics. That's why you should always research online things yourself and not rely on strangers.