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Petra Ral

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I was nearly a victim of online child-predators.

 

Short temper and arrogance are the biggest problems I have with my emotion. As soon as someone says something unpleasant, I’ll immediately snap back without any sense of right and wrong. And that’s how it began.

 

It’s comletely annoying when someone in a chat-room for teens told the others that I was a perverted old man when I'm not in fact. In order to prove that guy that I’m a real teenager, I turned my web-cam on and showed my face to the whole chat-room. However, that wonderful feeling of victory over someone didn’t last long. A private message appeared, and that same guy who had said that I was an old man told me that he had recorded me and said he would use the footage for a bad purpose. Then he asked me to perform sexual acts on cam if I wanted that footage to be deleted. At this point my brain completely froze, however I still had a bit of sense left to tell my friends on the chat that someone was threatening me. That guy soon logged out, but then came back with a different name, and even used a screenshot taken from my footage as his avatar, which drived me crazy, and then he offered me “another chance to think again”. Thankfully my good friend told me to stay firm and keep talking to him until a Moderator came and dealed with him. “Fine, I still have the footage to work with” was the last thing that guy said before getting kicked; and though everything is going fine with my life so far, I’m still living with the fear of my face appearing on dirty websites.

 

If someone does the same thing to you, remember, no matter what they want you to do, DON'T DO IT! Report your issue to the Admin and Moderators of the chat room in order to have the predator's IP and ban him. If things get worse, like that he starts black-mailing or wants to meet you in real life, contact to the local authority. Be wise, my friends, and may none of us have to be in this terrible situation.

 

~Petra~

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And this is a perfect example of why we don't have audio/video on this site. Situations like this are dangerous and we try our best to avoid them here at CTF. 

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And this is a perfect example of why we don't have audio/video on this site. Situations like this are dangerous and we try our best to avoid them here at CTF.

How would audio be a bad thing

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Good post! Predators can be anywhere, including CTF. It's always best to keep your watch out in the places you trust the most, never letting your guard down within reason. 

 

 

 

How would audio be a bad thing

 

Hard to moderate, unless we had dedicated paid staff on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts moderating the chat at all times.

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Omegle and Chatroulette aren't good for anyone. Avoid them.


I had a creep on HERE once. CTF circa 2007. I was 16, the guy was just another non-trolling, nice Christan member and we were CTF married and I had a crush and blah blah blah...

It was innocent enough. He was all "Hey, so I have to leave the site, but here's my number if you want." He had a girlfriend irl and had been toying with me the whole time. When he gave me his number via a pm, I gave it to a friend to prank call(because I was obviously mad at him for playing me. :P)  Later, we found out it was the phone number of a registered sex offender. o.o

Creeps be everywhere! 

My rule of thumb: If we've been talking consistently for  hree years or more and the other person hasn't made any threats, advances or anything like that, they're probably safe to skype with, penpal with and talk to on the phone.  I've yet to hear about a pedophile who waited several YEARS to catch a victim.
 
 I'm not saying that ALL Internet relationships chatrooms and connections are bad, of course. Why, just the other day a girl from another site  and I chitchatted on the phone for the first time for an hour and it was wonderful!  We've been pming, skyping and such for like 8 years now. It was great.  <3



Otherwise, nope! I'm an adult and I won't audio message strangers.   The stuff people can do with cameras and audio technology is scary.  O.o I don't want my voice twisted and convoluted into some porno nastyness.

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Things like this are why I'm pretty much always harping against CTF/online "relationships". Not saying they can't end well (I know I know we have married couples who met on CTF) but its just risky. Do not like. Don't give out your town/address/school kiddos and quit using your last names in your usernames. XP 

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How would audio be a bad thing

If they have the knowledge to, they can take your voice and skew it, and use it against you. Plus, if you open up audio, if they have the hacking knowledge, they could still open up the webcam and see you. You have to be careful about any of these sort of things. I prefer audio and video to stay off. I feel CTF is safer for me that way.

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If they have the knowledge to, they can take your voice and skew it, and use it against you. Plus, if you open up audio, if they have the hacking knowledge, they could still open up the webcam and see you. You have to be careful about any of these sort of things. I prefer audio and video to stay off. I feel CTF is safer for me that way.

I can disable the video function on my webcam while still utilizing the mic.

It's called a sticker! :P

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I can disable the video function on my webcam while still utilizing the mic.

It's called a sticker! :P

 

I do too!

 

hehehe.

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