Clearly if you are reading this you are able to get online. So why you would need any internet tips?
There are a few reasons. One is that you and your parents might not see eye to eye about your online time.
Another is that while some safety issues are obvious, others can stand a more in depth discussion.
The last reason is that the internet contains a HUGE amount of information, and if you want to use it effectively, say to meet other GLBT teens, then having some guidelines can be really helpful.
Internet Safety Issues for Gay Teens
There's a lot of talk about internet safety, and young gay teens should pay particular attention! According to an article published in American Psychologist, GLBT teens are at particular risk for online predators. Additionally, teens searching for information about sexuality or sexual orientation can be targets for dangerous websites.
Using the Internet to Connect with Other Gay Teens
A lot of GLBT teens meet peers online. But not all sites are legitimate. If you search for things like: lesbian teen chat or gay teen chat, you might stumble across everything from people trying to sell you something to pornography. Just be careful and only use sites you can trust.
- Meeting Other Gay Teens Online
- Starting a Blog or Posting a Profile Online
- The GLBT Teens Community Forum
Parents & the Internet
If you’re like most teens, at some point or other your folks will come up with some rules that you won’t agree with. In many households nothing highlights this more than disagreements about the internet. There are a few ways to deal with this.