(NASDAQ: YHOO) closed all of its user-created chat rooms due to controversy over sexually explicit channels aimed at minors.After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!They were so huge that my mom wouldn't even buy me a skirt that was above the knee."These details allow the reader to see just how easy it was for this girl to get entangled in a secret relationship over the Internet with an older man.He called himself Mark and claimed to be 23, and he was nicer to her than anyone she knew offline.Late at night, when she was done training with her swim team and doing her homework, Katie met Mark online in an AOL chat room for teens.He asked her questions about herself, listened to what she said, and told her she was special. I thought he Katie didn't discover all this until it was too late.was compelled to act by shutting down all chat rooms created by users and stopped the ability to create new user chat rooms.
Start by talking to her about the responsible use of the Web.
What's your opinion on teens getting involved in social networking and online chat rooms?
I've read some of the teen conversations on the sites my daughter wants to visit, and they seem relatively harmless. While the Internet can be a wonderful educational and communication tool, it can also be a dangerous place for unsuspecting young teens.
hanging out in an AOL chat room when she met the guy of her dreams. Two years later, Katie became the first person to successfully prosecute an Internet pedophile, a distinction that has left her scarred but ultimately stronger.
In her new memoir, , Katie, now 17, details her life as an unremarkable girl growing up in the wealthy town of New Canaan, Connecticut.