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CHAT Software Programs
Internet chat software makes it possible to carry on a conversation with another online user as quickly as you can type a message on your keyboard and click a Send button
Chat implementations which opened up students to dangerous situations in chat rooms, and gives some information about the new kinds of "buddy" chat software that makes online, real-time interactions much more safe, but nothing is 100% safe.
Internet chat software makes it possible to carry on a conversation with another online user as quickly as you can type a message on your keyboard and click a Send button.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Allows users to type messages to one another in real-time, IRC also makes it easy for any user to intrude upon anybody's (think student) communications and cause trouble. Only the most knowledgeable IRC users know how to control this type of situation using cryptic, text-based commands to block out unwelcome intruders, making it all too easy for students and teachers to be trapped in a distressing situation in an IRC chat room.
AOL Instant Messenger and iCQ make it easy for students and teachers to build "buddy lists" of only those online users with whom they wish to communicate. In this way, other users cannot intrude upon interactive conversations.
How "buddy list" software works
Once you download and install the software, you're presented with a menu which enables you to locate other users you wish to chat with, and then add them to your buddy list.
Once you've set up your list, the software will automatically show you when your buddies are online and available to chat. You can then type in a message, and instantly send it to their computer. When you receive a message from a buddy, it appears on your screen inside of a small pop-up window. You can then respond instantly to continue the conversation.
Programs have security features which allow you to block out specific users and "hang up" on users who send you unwanted messages. AOL's software even empowers you to prevent the sender from contacting you again for a period of time, and also gives you an opportunity to warn others.
AOL Instant Messenger will only be able to talk to other AOL users AOL Instant Messenger URL: http://www.aol.com/aim/
iChat Pager URL: http://www.ichat.com
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