Why Do Chat Rooms Discourage Online Flirting?

Most chat rooms discourage online flirting because the chat room is accessible by people of all ages and requires the content to be age-appropriate. As of 2015, over half of children ages 11 to 12 and three-quarters of children ages 13 to 14 visit chat rooms, according to MediaSmarts.ca.

Chat rooms offer anonymity to their users, which may make children more vulnerable to online predators. Even though many chat rooms are monitored, discouraging flirting helps to protect youth from potential dangers.

Certain chat rooms do allow flirting, such as ChatsFriends.net. Before entering a chat room with the intention to flirt, make sure to read the rules of each chat room.