Universal online sex chat for teens

Separate research detailed the extent to which teens seek advice on sex and relationships from anonymous peers on the Web -- and the ways they keep parents out of the loop.

Teenagers are often inadvertently exposed to porn when they conduct unrelated Web searches, said Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor and director of UCLA's Children's Digital Media Center.

It has the power of the written word, so it lasts longer and is taken more seriously.

And, unlikely ugly words on the bathroom wall, there’s no way to scratch it out.

It’s a tried and tested technique for ensnaring sex offenders.

From May 18 to 25, detectives from both departments posed as underage girls or their parents in Internet chat rooms.

“Online gossip is to hearsay gossip probably what nukes are to dynamite,” says Dr. “It can get EXTREMELY raunchy.” If your kids are victims of online gossip, Dr.

Commanday suggests putting the gossip into perspective.

One after another, they walked into a sparsely furnished house in Clermont, Fla., expecting to find a 10- or 12- or 14-year-old girl. Again and again, sheriff’s deputies burst into the living room and arrested the men for soliciting sex with a minor.

A total of 22 men, all seeking the same thing: sex with an underage girl.