Thursday, October 13, 2005

No children allowed in Yahoo ! chat rooms

I made a Google search for instant net fame and the #1 result was when I went all the way to the last page, the first result was also a page from I went on Slashdot and learned about the new actions Yahoo is taking to "protect children".

Here's what Yahoo says: "The ability to create user rooms in Yahoo! Chat is currently unavailable."

"To enhance the user experience and compliance with our Terms of Service, Yahoo! Chat is now available to users who are 18 years of age or older."

It seems one thing they have not thought about in these measures is how to protect the children from themselves. I went once into Education rooms -not user created rooms, Yahoo rooms- and the kids that were there got me running out deciding I would never, ever go back in there. I was there thinking I would meet teachers and students discussing about teaching learning and other education related themes but no... I found only kids in there -I usually find kids in chat rooms annoying- and the ones who talked to me wanted to talk about one single thing that I think you can figure out.
Well, as long as it makes the children safer.

By the way, I met a 17-year-old Pakistani this morning in one of the Yahoo! Chat Help rooms.



Toze said...

Hello Marguerite !

Give me your toilet, please :)))

Marguerite Jasmin said...

My what!!!
Euhmm... I've seen your blog Toze, and now I understand what you're asking me but I'm sure you do not want to see it,noooo way!

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