Unmonitored chat sites
He warns parents that sites like these are inappropriate for children because "you don't know who you're chatting with and there is no supervision." Unlike most social-networking sites, there is no requirement to sign in and there are no profiles. Dess said that a conversation is more effective than a technological solution."The message I share with parents is that it's fine if their elementary or middle school kids use a supervised chat room with three or four of their friends, but I wouldn't allow kids to go into unsupervised chat room to chat with people they don't know." Dess recommends you have a discussion with your child even if you're not aware if he or she has used a site like Chatroulette. " If the child says they have used or know of such a site, it might be a good time to talk about an appropriate code of conduct.While I was able to have a couple of very nice conversations with fully clothed polite individuals, I saw some things I would rather have avoided as I tested this relatively new service.When you first enter the site you'll see two large black boxes and a blank area for text chat.
In both cases they were doing the same thing I was--checking out the technology and grateful to have an intelligent discussion with someone equally curious about Chatroulette.
As soon as you click "play," you'll see a stranger's picture in the top box and--at least on my machine--a notice asking if you wish to allow the site to access your video camera.
If you click "allow," you'll see your picture in the bottom box. If you don't strike up an immediate conversation with the first person you see, you can press Next to go to the next person--kind of like spinning a roulette wheel.
Statistical analysis indicated that racial or ethnic slurs were significantly more frequent in the unmonitored than in the monitored chat rooms.
These findings suggest that, in the absence of social controls, such as a monitor, negative intergroup attitudes can surface.
There is nothing new about chat and, actually, nothing new about video chat.