With kids ages 8 to 18 spending on average 44.5 hours per week in front of screens, parent are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing them of real world experiences.Nearly 23% of youth report that they feel "addicted to video games" (31% of males, 13% of females.) These are the results of a new study of 1,178 U. children and teens (ages 8 to 18) conducted by Harris Interactive (2007) that documents a national prevalence rate of pathological video game use. Douglas Gentile, Director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University reports, "Almost one out of every ten youth gamers shows enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and psychological functioning to merit serious concern." Beyond gaming, kids are filling their free time with other Internet activities: social networking, instant messaging (IM), blogging, downloading etc. Kimberly Young, Director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, identified the following potential warning signs for children with pathological Internet use: Internet addiction among children is a growing concern.If teens are being cyberbullied, they may exhibit the signs of traditional bullying.They may also avoid discussions about their online activities.Online ICQ Chat ICQ Chat Rooms offer free and simple chat for everyone.Teens, adults, students can meet friends, singles, and chat about dating, flirting, music, college, travel, sports, movies, and anything on your mind in general.
There may be a distinct change in how often they use the computer.
Hundreds of people online all the time and you surely find someone to chat with.
Chat rooms are divided into several categories i.e Age groups, countries, entertainment, religion, languages etc.
However, these very qualities also make it an enticing escape for many children.
They can be anyone in an online chat room, or play thrilling and challenging games against other players from all corners of the globe.