One of Chat Corner’s primary concerns is the safety of children and young adults that are using our chat service. We strive to maintain a clean server with censoring visible channel topics, marking adult channels with a very visible (18+) in the topic, and keeping predators off of chat.
While we do not monitor individual chat rooms, we rely on you, our chatters, to report any suspicious activity between a possible minor and adult, or even between minors.
However, we can’t do this alone. Parents, we need your help!
Here are a few tips taken from Microsoft:
1. Never give out your personal information in a chat room.
2. Never agree to meet a stranger in person whom you met in a chat room.
3. When you’re asked to enter or sign up for a chat nickname, choose a name that doesn’t give away your personal information. For example, you might use SavvySue instead of DetroitSue.
4. Be wary of other chatters who ask you to meet in private chat rooms.
5. Check the terms and conditions, code of conduct, and privacy statement at the chat site before you begin chatting.
Six safety tips for children in chat rooms
1. Monitor your child’s use of chat. Remember, kids can participate in chats using Web sites, chat software programs, cell phones, and even some online games.
2. Tell your child that if something in a chat room makes them feel uncomfortable, they should immediately leave the chat room and tell an adult.
3. Insist that your child never send/receive photographs or videos/webcam sessions of themselves to/from anyone they meet in a chat room.
4. Learn the chat lingo. Kids often communicate using shorthand. For example, POS means “Parent over Shoulder.”
5. Tell kids to stick to moderated chats.
6. Consider software designed to help keep your kids safer online, such asWindows Live Family Safety and the Parental Controls included in the Windows Vista operating system.
Click here for some more information on protecting children online.