While you want your child to use the Internet to take advantage of all the useful information on it, you also want to avoid inherent dangers. So the most important thing you can do is to supervise children while they are online, reports the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.The biggest online danger children face is a pedophile trying to engage them, according to the U. Alternatives to Chat Rooms Larry Magid, a co-founder of Connect Safely and the founder of Safe Kids, says, "Chat rooms for kids, while they still exist, are pretty much on the outs with most young people." He notes that many kids have switched to chat apps like Yik Yak, Whisper and ask.fm, but he acknowledges that kids are still using chat rooms and parents should make sure they're safe. There's no cursing on the site, and it has anti-bullying, anti-drug and anti-smoking messages." Marks' site deletes messages that contain personal information and teaches kids why that's a bad practice.
The phone service provider (Verizon, Sprint, ATT etc.) delivers the message for the user through the cellular network as opposed to the Internet. It is entirely possible, and highly likely, that users will utilize both the phone carrier’s network to send SMS messages, while also using a messaging app to communicate over the phone's Internet (data) connection.
Instant Messaging (IM or IMing) is a service allowing users to send typed messages, pictures, files, and live video to a recipient based on their screen name.
This may seem redundant to mention - but it is important to understand this type of messaging utilizes the Internet network for transporting the message. Cell phones (both flip phones and smartphones) can also send text message (SMS = Short Message Service) to other phones with only the use of a phone number.
This messaging service is very simple and built into the phone.
Users could exchange real-time messages (loaded with lots of CB slang) on 40 different channels, which later evolved into the concept of rooms.
In the mid-1980s, a company called Play Net began tinkering with the combination of real-time chat and online games.
Others have fallen by the wayside, but we remain, and have grown to one of the most popular and user friendly sites on the internet.
While the landscape of online chat has changed dramatically since our start, Free Chat Now.com’s core principles remain the same.
Being a kind person in chat rooms helps kids have a positive experience.
"Parents must teach the lessons of common decency in real life and online from a very early age," says Chris Phelps, the founder of the Campaign for Kindness, a program she developed that teaches kids ways to speak kindly to each other in the classroom, the playground and on the Internet. "In the digital arena," Phelps says, "kids are exposed to a whole new language that they hide behind (for example, the acronym PIR for 'parent in room' and LMIRL for 'let's meet in real life')."Take-Away Tip Whatever Internet rules your family establishes, make sure they're consistent.
This exchange can go back and forth as long as both parties desire.