Knowing a little about each of these communication services, and the associated risks, can help parents, guardians, and other trusted adults keep children safer while online.E-mail Through e-mail, users can easily send and receive messages.
This allows cyberbullies or scam artists to anonymously send harassing messages or spam.
Sometimes these messages contain viruses, scams, or other inappropriate content, so trusted adults should warn children to be wary of e-mails from unknown people.
Instant Messaging Instant messaging programs allow users to exchange real-time messages with people from a list of contacts, also known as a “buddy” list.
Children may not know the true identities of their buddies, as IM accounts can be acquired anonymously.
These messages may also have text, audio, and picture files attached.