Who is Vulnerable to the Dangers of Strangers and Stagers?Do you ever wonder why some people never seem to have no trouble with others in online groups and others seem to get drawn into every feud and squabble? Many of the same issues that cause people to be bullied in person, cause the same people to be vulnerable for people who are new to online social networks and don't quite have the knack of cyber communication down to a science yet.
Instead, they'll go after people who seem lonely, isolated, and who need attention.
They look for cues that someone is naïve and easily tricked.
Most people who travel to an unfamiliar place use an extra degree of caution when they are out and about in the community.
It's just as important to use the same degree of caution when browsing around an online space as you would in a real-world environment.
Perhaps you've participated in a thread where a handful of members are so prominent in the chat that it's hard for others to voice a comment.
It's one thing for someone to misunderstand your point of view because they can't hear your tone or inflection.
AOL and Yahoo set up chat rooms for numerous topics to draw audiences to their networks.
Major networks had millions of chat rooms when they peaked in the 1990's.
Another guy broke in with a story about a chat stranger who joined his music group chat and had the gall to steal song lyrics from another member, claiming them as his own.
As the group chuckled and nodded in agreement, Granny bent in her ear and said that their stories were nothing compared to the nastiness of the women in the quilter's chat room.