CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We have talked to you before about chatroulette, a chat room with very few rules, that was attracting kids and adults around the world to text chat or video chat with random strangers. Just when you think you are up to speed, another service like it pops up but the new services seem to more actively target young kids.
There are two new services you need to be aware of right away, one is called tiny chat and the other is called blogtv. Both are incredibly easy to use. Tinychat's front page looks inviting and kid friendly. Odds are you, if you go on these sites, you might just see kids chatting with each other but WBTV's cyber expert Theresa Payton explains there is more than what meets the eye.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW:
Blogtv and Tinychat are both video chat room services.
They are FREE.
Blogtv lets you view the latest video when you type in the website and looks like youtube meets webcam.
The landing page for Tinychat looks incredibly kid friendly. For both sites, the rules, are limited. With Tinychat, You can add/invite friends and it will integrate with your kids' FAcebook or MySpace account.
On both Blogtv and Tinychat: Without even logging on, you can see several streaming videos of chats in session.
4 EASY TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR LOVED ONES:
- Block the site from your browser
- Talk to your kids
- Talk to your computer manufacturer about disabling your webcam
- Make sure your kids only surf the net from a computer in a common area and never their bedroom
Theresa said we are highlighting these two services but the same issues exist on other services and you can use these 4 easy tips to protect your kids when they use others services such as Skype or other online chat and phone services.
THIS WEEK'S WORD OF THE WEEK: GOGGLES
This is a Google service called "Goggles". It allows you to snap a photo on your phone, and Goggles will search the web and give you back information around the globe. You show a picture of a menu or food and you might get a list of recipes or restaurants. Show a picture of a tough soduku puzzle and it may send you the answers!
Want to check out Google Goggles? Go to: http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text
If you want to stay current on internet safety issues for kids there are many great resources, we have highlighted a few for you here:
OnGuard Online: www.OnGuardOnline.gov
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US
Internet Crimes Against Children: http://www.icactraining.org/