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  • My 15yr old wants to join an online community like this one but we're not having much luck finding something suitable.We checked out hipforums but the size of the sites a bit intimidatin and-with old computer + dial-up- the pages take 4ever to load.
    Tried google but the results were a bit alarmin.I'm not comfortable with him joinin a site thats primarily 4 dating,or containin explicit forums,let alone 'kinky chat 4 teens'.Apparently general sites like bebo +my space are 'too square'
    Are there any (free) chat sites for youngsters who have an alternative family/lifestyle/education?
    What sites-if any-do your youngsters use?

  • As a general rule of thumb its best not to use "teen" at all on the internet, you will, as you found just find a lot of dodgy stuff. The best things are those not aimed at a particular age group, as its just full of weirdos and date stuff. I guess just try something along the lines of "hippy forum" in a search engine..


    good luck!

  • Quote from Naeni

    As a general rule of thumb its best not to use "teen" at all on the internet, you will, as you found just find a lot of dodgy stuff.

    You think that's bad, picture me as an innocent young internet surfer on my first browse, looking for on-line music retailers, naively entering the word "Virgin" into a search engine! :eek:

  • Quote from Atomik

    You think that's bad, picture me as an innocent young internet surfer on my first browse, looking for on-line music retailers, naively entering the word "Virgin" into a search engine! :eek:


    You think THAT'S bad, imagine me as a seventeen year old kid trying to help his mum and sister kick their smoking habits, putting "smoking" into search.com, only to have half the results link to a website called The Smoking Pussy, along with fairly crude and lucid descriptions of the contents. I couldn't click that back button fast enough!


  • Quote from Boz

    is this one not good enough?


    There's a minimum age rule here...I think it's 16. Might be 18, though if this is the case then mods/admin are willing to give a bit of wiggle room :)


    (edit) Just had a look in the policy section, it's 16

  • I didnt realise that. I've also just realised there the altered states section too. Depends how much you trust your child with that i guess.

  • Myspace and facebook are alright but not good if he wants to mingle with proper sound people.


    There's gotta be some place out there, the whole net can't be full of idiots :(


    I used to go on a chat room way back when, i met some really cool people on there but luckily grew out of chat rooms :P


    good luck!

  • Quote from Boz

    I didnt realise that. I've also just realised there the altered states section too. Depends how much you trust your child with that i guess.


    Altered states has a few other restrictions too :D I think it has further age restrictions (maybe that's where the 18 or over limit comes in), and a user has to have a certain post count.


    Anyway, sorry, I'm being offtopic. Does your son have any specific interests he'd like to discuss in a forum?

  • The minimum age here was 16, but now it's 18, with 16/17 yaer olds who had already joine d being kept *phew* but yeah thats off topic, there a bit in support forum if you're interested.


    I don't use chatrooms as such, just forums.. erm I guess just search for his interests? I've been on a few gaming forums and coughguineapigscough forums also! :D


    Atomik- You think THATS BAD.. Imagine me a naive young child, going on Feeder.com .. I like the band... just to get pictures of naked obese people!! AT least they got rid of that now!

  • heyyyy im on myspace :harhar: yer thats put u off lolol
    but seriously it is hard to find em, forums are easier, there is a forum for like teen problems that i know but its hard to find one for just random chatting, i tried couple of years back its all porno! lol

    I thought I saw your name on a loaf of bread the other day...then saw it said Thick Cut :thumbup:

  • He's tryin 'my space' but what he wants is a site like this where theres lots of different stuff goin on and people who dont think its wierd that he lives on a bus and doesnt go to 'normal' school.We live in middle of nowhere so he only has a small group of people to hang out with-hence the desire to chat to new people online.We're still googling his various interests but havent found anything yet."whats wrong with this site' is the age restriction.I've got no prob with him chattin about altered states etc,I just dont want him signing up to a site that has a lot of 'adult' content,it just seems like those sort of sites are gonna attract dodgy people on mass,rather than the odd wierdo on sites like this.Oh well,back to google...

  • how far off 16 is he? you could ask the mods/admins nicely to make a exception considering you're his parent and they know you.

  • theres a few especially for like ppl who dont live in houses and stuff, i dont go there nemore but there was ones like tribal living, that mite be a bit old for him thoteenhelp is ok, but its very sorta problem run not much happiness lol keep lookin im sure ull find one!

    I thought I saw your name on a loaf of bread the other day...then saw it said Thick Cut :thumbup:

  • Quote from Boz

    how far off 16 is he? you could ask the mods/admins nicely to make a exception considering you're his parent and they know you.


    The age limits 18 apparently,my boys only just 15 and the thread on the site info forum says no exeptions

  • he mite be a secret millionaire who has actually set up all these kinky chat rooms and is acting innocent to his mum :reddevil: or he just wants to find a site...but yknow my mind works lol

    I thought I saw your name on a loaf of bread the other day...then saw it said Thick Cut :thumbup:

  • Quote from urban_ninja

    he's 15 and asking his parents what websites he's supposed to go on?

    umm... isn't that a bit... weird?


    I didnt claim he was normal but what hes askin me is can i find him a website like this that he can join,because i wont let him post on here(coz of the site rules).I'm sure hes perfectly capable of findin dodgy sites himself but he knows i wont let him access them from our home computer coz i'm mean/caring so actually we're looking 2gether.Once we've found a suitable site i'll bugger off and leave him to it seein as he is 15 and has some 'privacy issues'..

  • Quote from urban_ninja

    my parents sure didn't know what I used the internet for when I was 15 :D


    And you're wonderin why i'm takin an interest in his online activities!

  • lol dont blame medusa for not wantin him on here if youre about urban lol :P

    I thought I saw your name on a loaf of bread the other day...then saw it said Thick Cut :thumbup: