Ask any kid what they like most on the Internet and the resounding answer (and one that sends waves of anxiety through parents and teachers) is “Chat!” But don’t throw out the computer with the bath water. Although our grown up concerns about stranger danger are real, they are not insurmountable. First, we must teach our kids the rules of the road (see Larry Magid’s Family Contract for Online Safety) and then guide them to safe situations. Each of these chat rooms is monitored by an adult (not just an automated swearword filter) and has posted chat rules. So play by the rules, stay safe â€” and have fun!
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