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PART III: CHAT ROOMS AND THE WORLD WIDE NET
By Safety Officer Laurence J Rotondi


This final article on using computers safely in family life will concentrate on entering the World Wide Web and especially Chat Rooms.

A chat room is an online service that allows multiple users to communicate with each other about an agreed upon topic in "real time". The potential dangers are:

1. Your child may encounter someone who targets him/her for victimization.
2. Your child may encounter a predator who is searching online for victims.
3. Your child may encounter offensive language and adult content.
4. Your child may commit a crime, such as transmitting a threat of violence
5. Your child may accidentally or intentionally enter a pornographic site containing adult or child pornography or a site which promotes violence, hatred, bigotry, drug use or other harmful behaviors.
6. Since anyone may post material on the Web, some sites will promote false or misleading information masquerading as fact.
7. Your child may be deceived into giving out personal information by falling for a crafty marketing scheme such as an innocuous sounding survey or a contest.
8. Your child may be exposed to marketing of drugs and/or alcohol which is geared toward children as there are no restriction sin such advertising methods on the Internet.
9. Your child may download games which are excessively violent and/or promote hatred.
10. Your child may use the Web to commit a crime, such as using information learned from the Web to build illegal incendiary devices.
11. Remember - think safety.



Please review our other important information:

PART I: BASIC INTERNET SAFETY RULES FOR THE FAMILY
By Safety Officer, Laurence J. Rotondi

PART II: INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUTHS
By Safety Officer, Laurence J. Rotondi

PART IV: TRACKING YOUR KIDS INTERNET ACTIVIITES
By Safety Officer Laurence J. Rotondi and Joseph Denehy

Remarks by Lisa J. Barstow, Massachusetts Family Institute
October 26, 2000