Everyone had a story to relate about Facebook friends turning kidnappers, handsome teens in chatrooms turning out to be adult men, children revealing personal details while playing online games and so on.
The women had different ideas about why children have no qualms about talking to strangers online and why parents remain in the dark about this behaviour.
How about when I'm forty; at a party or having a job interview? Being totally at ease striking up conversations with new people in social or business settings hugely improves life as you simultaneously have more fun and create more opportunities. Sure, confidently telling a stranger they have a nose the size of Trinidad is unlikely to win immediate friendship however pleasant your demeanour.
But then revealing your personal identity to people whom you do not know can really backfire in the long run.
There are people out there who can steal your identity and carry out many wrong things on your behalf.
Before approaching your victim - sorry, target - no, err, imminent conversational partner, don't keep nervously looking at them as if they are a small pool at the bottom of a huge dive you're about to take. You're not 'taking the plunge' or risking everything; you're just being sociable. In this way, you initiate conversation by getting them to speak. If we don't light a fire in the right way, it may not take - and it's the same with conversation.
Research shows people will likely want to talk to you if you are smiling. Keep it going by asking open questions that require more than a yes/no answer. "Stranger: "Yes..."You: "That's cool...really....." [nervously look at watch]Hopefully, they'll say more than just 'yes'; but just to make sure, ask them a question that opens up the conversation: You: "Jenny chose this place tonight; I really love this bar. "Unless they're totally closed to conversation (in which case, move on; you deserve better), they'll give you a much more detailed response than a yes or no. Imagine watching a James Bond movie that showed our suave super-spy being put on hold for half an hour whilst trying to phone someone at his bank, followed by an hour's shopping in the high street. We don't want all the mundane detail; we want to see the good bits.
The 30-year-old will return to Maidstone crown court for sentencing on August 8.
At a recent ladies’ get-together, discussion about the murky world of online grooming, cyber stalking, and identity thieves found its way to our lunch table.
There is hardly any registration fee which a person has to give when he or she join Unless and until you revel who you are the other person can never get to know you are.
This zero-hassle portal is very reliable and the moderator generally checks all the information to avoid any transfer of obscene content. Whatever views you hold as regards politics, sex or any topic under the earth you can sans any hassle share.
This discussion led me to do some deep-thinking on this very pertinent, and in today’s context, very important issue.