My mom met a guy online last December, and they have been dating ever since. He is super nice, and he treats her the way she deserves to be treated, with love and respect. I was always against meeting guys online, even though my therapist seems to think I should take a crack at it myself, because I always thought it was just weird, desperate people on those sites who couldn't meet anyone in the real world. Now I know that online dating is just a means to an end. I consider it this day and ages version of picking up a guy in the supermarket or a bar, only now you know way more about them before even speaking to them for the first time.
Before online dating sites existed, men and women would meet in free chat sites. I never went on any of these, either, but I do know people who spent hours talking to complete strangers everyday. I guess in their own way, chat sites can help you connect with people who share the same interests as you. I imagine there are chat rooms devoted to all kinds of things. I wonder how weird it would be to try and find someone online who loves elephants as much as I do?
I had no idea that there were chat room for kids, and to be honest, I'm not sure I would want my kids chatting online with complete strangers unless I thoroughly checked out the site first myself, making sure it is secure and that there is no way that their identities could be discovered. Even then, I would probably sit right there with them as they chatted. There are too many sick people in this world who pretend to be someone other than who they really are online.
You can never be too careful, especially when it comes to your kids.