Kid Chat Rooms
by Rachel Johnson
Kid Chat Rooms: The opportunity to grow, learn, and experience
Kid chat rooms can be great for your child to learn typing skills, computer skills and jargon, as well as learning how to socialize without face-to-face contact. Despite the recent negative media attention, kid chat rooms can be good entertainment for your child!
Kid chat rooms have benefits!
When children get on the internet, it’s true that they are influenced by a lot of things they may not have come into contact with otherwise. But, that doesn’t have to be a negative thing! Kid chat rooms have the ability to let children interact with one another from worlds apart. A child in the United States can learn about Chinese culture from a child in China, and vice versa. Kids can be exposed to great things, not just dangerous ones!
Using kid chat rooms the smart way!
Being involved in your child’s internet and chat room use is the most important thing you can do. Don’t abandon the idea of letting your child get involved in a chat community, just lay down a few ground rules with your child.
Discuss and think about things such as:
- Tell your child never to give out personal information such as phone number or address.
- Set a timer for each chat room session. Your child can benefit from kid chat rooms, but overuse doesn’t make the experience better
- Interact in the kid chat rooms with your child. Get a sense of what is going on in the community.
- Be sure that there is monitors in the kid chat rooms looking for suspicious activity, bad language, or anything out of the ordinary.
- Emails. Are you comfortable with your child exchanging private emails with other children?
Many kid chat rooms, such as www.chat-avenue.com/kidchat.html are specifically geared for children, they have monitors present to catch anything suspicious, and if you are under the age of 13 they require an adult to be present. Sites like this are what you should look for, as they are helping you keep your child safe.
Educating your child about the risks of kid chat rooms
Speaking honestly with your child about the dangers of the internet for children is a good way to be honest, open, and involved with your child and their internet use. Talk about all the good things the internet and kid chat rooms can bring into your home, as well as the bad. Discuss pornography in a limited sense, inappropriate behaviors by adults, and even questionable language use. It doesn’t matter how diligent you are, your child may come into contact with these things and they should be prepared. If you start out on the right foot, with a clear indication of what is good and what is not, your internet and chat room experience will be much more enjoyable for you and your children.
Enjoy watching your children grow with the use of kid chat rooms
Really, you’ll be amazed at the new thoughts and curiosities kid chat rooms and internet usage will bring on. They’ll learn about things they hadn’t even known of before, and this can be good! Taking some much needed safety precautions will ensure that your child has a rewarding experience in kid chat rooms!
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