Your computer has something called an IP address. This IP is paired up with a physical location that can be tracked by police—or by predators. You may think you’re talking to a cute boy from English class, but it might really be a 40-year-old ex-convict who wants to hurt you.
So what can you infer?
Only talk to people you KNOW well. If you’ve never met them in person, don’t bother. Even if you THINK you know who they are. Be smart. Be safe.