Fortunately, by taking steps to keep your personal information private, being cautious when it comes to interacting with people you meet online, and ending communication with people who threaten you, you’ll be better able to safeguard yourself from predators.
Despite the “very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic” conversations uncovered, some users attacked Channel 4 News.
Before you are tempted to do something risky -- like leave your stable, good relationship for your exciting emotional lover -- it's important to examine what's really going on. There's a huge difference between a platonic friendship and a friendship that has crossed the line into the emotional sex danger zone.
Once you publish a picture of yourself anyone can change it and share it without your permission.
Chatting to people online is fun but there are some adults who will try to get in touch with young people and children because they have bad intentions.
Oliver King, its programme editor, was bombarded with abusive messages on Twitter from irate Habbos after conversations were shut down on the network.
“Being trolled by idiots for retweeting about a brilliant C4 News investigation I didn’t write/report about how Habbo site is unsafe for kids,” he wrote.