This will help you be aware of anyone saying anything inappropriate to your child.
Chat Rooms Chat rooms are online hang-out spots where anyone can talk about anything—current events, books, and other common interests.
A study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that teens (ages 12-17) use text messaging to communicate with their friends more than e-mail or instant messaging (IM).However, these online communication services, along with chat rooms, continue to be an important part of children’s online interactions.E-mail accounts, for example, are often necessary to join social networking sites, online games, and virtual worlds.Social networking sites, like Facebook, often have IM and e-mail components.E-mail, IM, and chat room programs let children communicate with friends and family members.
They can also allow children to connect with people that they have never met in person, making them vulnerable to online predators, cyberbullies, and scam artists.
Knowing a little about each of these communication services, and the associated risks, can help parents, guardians, and other trusted adults keep children safer while online.
E-mail Through e-mail, users can easily send and receive messages.
These messages may also have text, audio, and picture files attached.
Signing up for an e-mail account is simple, as most services offer them for free and do not check the identities of users.
This allows cyberbullies or scam artists to anonymously send harassing messages or spam.