While most people who frequent online chatrooms are good people, there are some who are there to prey on or bully other people.Fortunately, by taking steps to keep your personal information private, being cautious when it comes to interacting with people you meet online, and ending communication with people who threaten you, you’ll be better able to safeguard yourself from predators.The expanding importance and role of the Internet in everyday life has an interesting side-effect, that of an increase in cyber-sex addiction.
I will describe a few cases and then explore clinical aspects of the problem in this brief paper.
Case Studies: (all names and identifying information have been changed) Mike: A 24 year old single man living with his girl friend (Dora) of four years reveals that he has an "unhealthy" sexual desire for teen age girls.
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Keeping Your Personal Information Private Interacting with People Offline Being Aware of Predators Ceasing Communication and Reporting Threats Community Q&A Chatrooms are a fun place to engage in discussion about a variety of topics.
He acknowledges that his compulsion has hurt his relationship and his sex life.
He is extremely ambivalent about his relationship but has not talked about his feelings openly with Dora.FRE 901(a) establishes a requirement of authenticating evidence.Under this standard, “the proponent must produce evidence sufficient to support a finding that the item is what the proponent claims it is.” Prior blog posts have considered the authentication of online communications.., Authenticating Internet Screenshot Evidence Under FRE 901; Authenticating Internet Chat Communications With A Witness Familiar With The Records (Part I) (Part II).The Fifth Circuit recently considered the authentication of chat and Internet records obtained during an undercover investigation.He has been avoiding sexual contact with Dora as well as having difficulty getting himself to the gym and other outside interests and activities.