If you enjoy gabbing with your peers and want to continue when school is out, chat rooms are a great place to meet other like-minded people your age and maybe even engage in lighthearted flirting. Alternatively, if you are too shy to flirt in school but still want to kick back and banter with other teens, the Internet provides you anonymity. You don't have to worry about someone rejecting your comments or looking like a fool because no one knows who you are and where you live (unless you tell the person you are chatting with, which is a major no-no).
Fun Teen Chat Rooms
Girls and guys ages 13 to 19 can flirt and chat via the free rooms provided by Teen Chat. From the main chat page you'll see tons of information about the rules of this site and safety precautions and the only personal information gathered is your IP address in case of a need for legal actions, making it feel like a secure environment free of inappropriate users. You can register for an account using your email address or login as a guest to remain anonymous. Simply create a username for your chat session and you're in the main chat. From there you can add people to your private messaging list.
KidzWorld features forums, games, and entertainment for kids of all ages, but their chat room is marketed toward older kids and teens. Chat monitors keep tabs on the chats to make sure things stay appropriate. If you're new to the website, you'll need to create an account including your name, birthdate, country, and email address. Verify your account via the email sent by KidzWorld then you can log in and start chatting.
Teens ages 13 to 17 can enjoy some harmless flirting with other teens in 1FreeChat's completely moderated teen chat room. While the chat room is open all day and night, the messages will only show up when a moderator is active in the room and can monitor them. Once you click to enter the chat room, you're prompted to indicate your gender and create a username. Then you'll need to choose the "Teen Chat" room to enter the secure space made just for teens.
SecondLife is a virtual community where teens over age 13 can create an online identity for free. While there are lots of things your avatar can do in the virtual world, social interaction like chatting on the forums is the main purpose. Head to the "Make Friends," "Lifestyles and Relationships," or "Missed Connections" forums to strike up a conversation with someone you like. Although they may not actually look like their online persona, there is a real person behind each character.
Teens with a niche hobby, like gaming, can look for customized group chat options like Discord. This program features classic text chat and voice chat while you're playing any online game. It's completely free, takes seconds to set up on your computer, and you have tons of personalization options such as sending private messages or joining chat rooms that have been set up by other users. Get the free mobile app to chat while playing on your phone too. While it doesn't seem like a chat room fit for flirting, places like this allow teens with similar interests to meet, talk, and express an interest in taking things beyond gaming.
Always Keep Safety in Mind
You've heard it before, and you are about to hear it again. You need to keep yourself safe while online. Even if you feel like an adult who always makes responsible decisions (and even then, no adults can honestly make that claim), there are a lot of potential complications to flirting with strangers. Use these tips and ask for help when in doubt to maximize your online security while in a chat room.
- Never give out personal information. That includes your last name, where you go to school, the neighborhood you live in, or anything else that someone can use to locate you.
- Do not ever arrange to meet someone outside of the chat room.
- If your gut instinct tells you that somebody is creepy, trust it and move on to someone else.
- Never say, do, or post anything online that you wouldn't want the whole world, including your parents, to see. Unfortunately, people who feel rejected can try to get revenge by posting personal things you've said or photos you've sent online.
When Things Go Wrong
Flirting can be fun, but some people may take it too far. The great thing about the Internet is, if someone says something that offends you, you can simply let the person know you are not interested in further chats.
If someone continues to contact you even though you told him that you didn't want to talk:
- Ask him to stop immediately.
- Some systems will allow you to block users who won't respect your wishes.
- Report him to the moderator (the owner of the site) and he may be banned, so you won't have to deal with him any longer.
- Ask an adult in your life, like a parent or teacher, for help if you have already made mistakes.
Have Fun With It
Teen chat rooms offer a good opportunity to hone your flirting skills and help develop strategies for being smooth when you talk to peers at school. They can help shyer teens learn to feel comfortable chatting with the opposite sex. As long as you exercise caution in how much information you share and curb any chats that make you unhappy, it's a carefree way to chill out and have some fun. Just be yourself, and you'll be feeling popular online in no time.