Q490: Is it safe for my child to use a chatroom?
Chatrooms can be a fun past time for your children. However, there are some dangers in using chatrooms and both parents and children need to be aware of them. There is a government website which has a version for parents and children and which sets out the possible dangers of communicating with strangers online and how to make chatrooms a safer place to be. See Thinkuknow and related websites for useful information.
A few basic tips are:
- Never give out any personal details;
- Always be wary, some users on the internet are not who they say they are; and
- Never arrange to meet anyone you have met through a chatroom unless you are 100% sure they are of your age and they are who they say they are. Even then, tell your parents, take them or another responsible adult with you and always meet in a public place.