Cyber sex chat only
From that moment I was immersed into a whole new world of "cybering" (cyber sex).
I had little cartoon boys coming up to me and saying they were feeling my boobs, following me to my bedroom and having sex with me, all without my permission or encouragement.
But within minutes, lines of chat on speech bubbles rolled over the screen filled with pornographic chat.
At first I couldn't quite believe my eyes, but it was there in black and white.
At first it left me feeling slightly dirty and then pretty quickly, outraged.
'Sexy stripclub' This soon developed into these characters asking whether I would get naked on a webcam, or simply watch them masturbate.
My first venture into the virtual online world of children started quite innocently.
And many of these requests came despite posing as an 11-year-old. In fact, it felt to me that this was what people went there for.See the Channel 4 News investigation into the alarming world of Habbo Hotel These small avatars were literally having what I can only describe as cyber-sex.The juxtaposition of these explicitly sexual conversations against the backdrop of colourful balloons, talking rabbits and luminous rainbows was just shocking.And when I first logged into the site of Habbo Hotel, that is pretty much what I got.
I created my cartoon child-like avatar (my online persona) as a little girl with shorts and T-shirt and a flower in her hair, and she wandered across brightly-coloured rooms with teddy bears, flashing neon lights, pink ponies and fluttering butterflies.
Habbo Hotel statement Paul La Fontaine, the chief executive of Sulake, the company which owns Habbo Hotel, told Channel 4 News it is committed to ensuring that children are safe on the site: "Any online community that allows users to assume virtual identities may be open to abuses, which is why we work hard to keep users safe, filtering content and blocking inappropriate users.