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Forums have been a lifeline for me! (forums and messageboards)
Forums & messageboards in general
Member Name: jenjade
Forums & messageboards in general
Advantages: Great place for support, comfort, friendship, etc
Disadvantages: Trolls are horrid, It is not always safe, people give out to much personal information
There are a lot if internet sites with message boards and forum. I do not know much about message boards other than they are places you can post messages, questions etc for others to respond. However, forum I know a fair bit about and spend a large proportion of my life on.
I am a single mum and at 7.30 every night when my daughter goes to bed I am left sat on my own and I soon found myself getting very lonely until I discovered forums! Forums are online chat rooms where people can gather and post comments and conversation. I Have made loads of friends online I call them my cyber friends, as I have never met any of them. The forum I tend to hang around on is the moneysaving expert website in the debt free wanabee section. Being in this forum has not only been lovely as I have had some people to chat to and I now longer feel alone in the evenings but the kind folk on there have supported me in becoming debt free and I have found loads of ways to make money and save the money I have.
Although forums have been a positive for me, there are many negatives and people needed to be careful online. I am careful not to disclose to much personal information like my surname, my daughters name where I live etc. People can gather and use information they find in forums. I am also very careful about meeting people that I have "met" in online chat rooms as people can lie about who they are. It is important to bear in mind that you do not actually know those people, as they may not be telling the truth.
Children in forums can be particularly dangerous and they should be supervised by an adult. Children do not always understand the risks and believe what they are being told there has been a lot of cases over the past years of children getting to know people online and arranging to meet up with them then going missing. In some cases, it was discovered later that they were talking to an adult pretending to be a child and they have ended up being abused!
Forums and message boards are great for people who are isolated or seek company they can be a place where people are encouraged and supported or it could be a place where a person becomes abused and hurt. Some message board have people that post thing to upset and make other people feel sad these are called trolls and for some reason think it is fun to post horridly messages they can also post links to other websites that contain computer viruses.
Summary: Forums were a life line for me as i no longer feel alone!
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