Dangers of Chatrooms

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TeamPlayer

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Police searching for a missing schoolgirl believe that she may have been taken out of the country by a middle-aged man she met on the internet.

The search for 15-year-old Laura Stainforth became an international operation last night when detectives heard that she had been seen near Dover.

Police reiterated warnings about the dangers of online chatrooms as they revealed that Robert Andrew Williams, 49, who also uses the alias Dave Ingram, met the missing girl on a social networking website. Detectives believe he had been in regular contact with Laura for several months before they met.

She was last seen by her parents four days ago, when she left home in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Detectives have since confirmed that Laura was seen in Dover last Thursday and were examining the passenger databases of ferry companies, while Interpol is understood to be co-ordinating inquiries abroad.

Humberside police believe that Laura arranged to meet Williams last Wednesday, following contact on a chatroom site. Footage from security cameras at 5pm at Grimsby railway station shows Laura with Williams, who is bald and was wearing dark clothing. It is believed that they boarded a train to Doncaster, where they changed trains to head to London. Laura's parents, Robert and Debra Stainforth, describe her disappearance as "completely out of character".


Guardian.co.uk
 

ms2134

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Chat rooms can be safe if their users work on their safety and do not give out personal details unless they are 18+ and know what they are doing.

Never meet anyone from a chat room unless you are with an adult.

~ Mike
 

odls

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There has to be supervision of what your teenager's up to on the Internet. Just so many dangers. And why would someone want to meet up with a person (any person), they met through a chatroom anyway?
 
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