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Chat rooms are Web sites or programs that allow people to send text messages to one another in real time. The chat room works as a virtual room, where groups of people send messages that others can read instantaneously. Often, people in chat rooms will use aliases or nicknames to provide some anonymity, and will use the chat room to meet others. If individual visitors to the chat room wish to talk privately, they can enter a private chat room, which allows two or more people to send messages privately to one another.
Among other groups, chat rooms appeal to adolescents and teenagers, who communicate with others and use features to send files to one another online. Because of this, online predators will use chat rooms to meet young people and attempt to engage in sex chat , where individuals in a private chat room will tell one another what they like to do sexually to one another. Basically, sex chat is the textual equivalent of a dirty phone call.
In addition to this, features in chat programs allow people to send pictures to one another, enabling pedophiles to exchange child pornography, or groom potential victims with pictures. Instant messaging is similar to the function of a private chat room. It is a service that allows two or more clients to send messages to one another in real time using IM software.
Generally, each IM client ties into a service that transfers messages between other users with the same client software. However, there are programs such as Trillian that allow users to consolidate their s on different IM networks and connect to AIM, Yahoo! In recent years, such features have also been folded into other IM software, such as Windows Live Messenger supporting messages exchanged with Yahoo! Messenger clients. Because so many young people enjoy chat rooms and instant messaging, these features are also being incorporated into other tools.
For example, a game used on an Xbox or PlayStation may provide features so that you can chat with people you're playing against online. Although this can be fun for those with a real interest in the game, it can also be used by pedophiles to connect with children and adolescents who are trying to connect with young people in new ways. Chat rooms are areas in which people can gather to engage in real-time conversations, generally using text-based communication. There are a of sites on the Internet where you can find chat rooms focusing on various topics, interests, ways of life, or providing forums for general discussion, although other sites may only provide a single chat area.
In the main chat room there will be groups of people who are all chatting with one another, although two or more people can open a private chat room to communicate privately. Some of the chat sites on the Internet include:. Delphi Forums www. Some rooms require a hour wait before you can enter, which prevents those who have been banned from a room just creating a new and going back in.
Chat Rooms Online www. Chat rooms generally have moderators , who are responsible for ensuring the rules of the room are followed. A variation of netiquette is used in chat rooms called chatiquette , which govern the acceptable behavior in most rooms. While some rules like not typing in caps are the same as those used in netiquette, there are others that are unique. Different rooms may have different rules, so you should hesitate before jumping into conversation.
Some rooms may strictly forbid offensive remarks and rude behavior, while others may have a more laissez faire attitude and let anything happen. It can be difficult to retain this mindset as you get comfortable. However, if you have a problem, feel free to use the button to ignore a pest and block any communication from them.
Joel Brandt, Scott R. Klemmer, in No Code Required , Four of the features were fairly typical, but the fifth retaining a limited chat history was more unusual. We introduced this feature so that participants would have to do some programming, even if they implemented other features by downloading an existing chat room application three participants did this. We instructed participants to think of the task as a hobby project, not as a school or work asment.
Participants were not given any additional guidance or constraints. An experimenter asked open-ended questions to encourage think-aloud reflection, and all participants were recorded with audio and video screen capture. Chat room features that lab study participants were asked to implement:. Users should be able to set their username on the chat room application does not need to support management. The message list should update automatically without a complete reload.
Each message should be shown with the username of the poster and a timestamp. When users first open a , they should see the last 10 messages sent in the chat room, and when the chat room updates, only the last 10 messages should be seen.
Twenty Stanford University students participated in a 2. The participants had an average of 8. Thirteen participants rated themselves as novices in at least one of the technologies involved. For a more thorough description of the method, see Brandt et al. Identifying online service providers, such as a chat room , blog, listserv, or other site where Internet users interact can be an important consideration in an investigation. When suspects use a third-party provider to communicate, they are trusting the third party to provide the communication channel.
This can be a forum or social networking site. Third-party services give investigators one level of security to prevent compromising investigations when search warrants or subpoenas are issued to the third party. Conversely, if a suspect controls the service, such as hosting a forum, the suspect holds all information and access to the forum.
Serving a search warrant for the suspect to turn over evidence on his own service would be counter-productive before the investigation is complete. One method of bypassing both a third-party service and a suspect-controlled service is to create a honeypot website or forum to draw the suspect s into. If a suspect has been identified by a username and seems to be interested in classic sports cars, a website for sports cars can be created with the intention of the suspect accessing or creating an on the site to leave comments. To draw the suspect into the honeypot website, undercover conversations may have to be conducted on his current third-party sites to entice him to visit the honeypot site.
Lots of work goes into setting up this kind of legitimate-appearing website, and its success may depend on luck. But if successful, IP addresses can be captured without warrants and a direct line of communication is possible with the suspect. Any third-party website may contain a link to a suspect. Even a product review on Amazon. If a suspect is using a unique username that may even be personal to the suspect, the same username could be used in legitimate areas of the Internet, such as Amazon, but also in criminal areas. Although the same username can have different e-mail addresses, if a suspect likes the username enough, he may use it with several e-mail providers and keep some for open use, others for covert use.
For example, my address might be [ protected] or [ protected]. In looking at it, you can see that all or part of my name is included in the address. Before setting up any s on social media sites, chat rooms , and so on, you should seriously consider setting up one or more s with less revealing information. In doing so, the name used for the should include nonidentifying information. You never want to reveal more to a complete stranger than necessary, and one of the biggest identifiers of a person is their name.
If it included your real name, the stranger now knows who you are, and the anonymity and protection provided by an alias or username is lost. Depending on your needs for the , you should also limit any information included in a ature in messages. For work , you might include your work , extension, company website, business address, and so on. However, you do not want to include this in other s being sent, unless there is a specific and exceptional reason to do so.
Communication over the Internet has created new ways to bully. Chat rooms , social networks, e-mail, instant messages, and online gaming rooms have all contributed to cyberbullying. The outlook on cyberbullying is one that requires a careful understanding to address. We've examined a worst-case scenario where cyberbullying that involved collaboration between kids and adults contributed to the suicide of an influential teenage girl. We've examined that children and schools are not the only locations where people are bullied, as workplace bullying is as convenient as schools to commit threatening or harassing acts.
Online gaming forums and worlds are areas where cyberbullies or griefers feel safe and secure to perform their malicious deeds with little concern for repercussions. Educational awareness and open communication between adults, teens, and children are essential to influence and guide appropriate behavior while online. While government intervention is always viewed with cautionary skepticism, laws need to be reexamined and rewritten to ensure that online harassment is taken into while preserving our liberties of free speech.
We have observed that culturally we are encouraged to divulge as much information about ourselves, our activities, and our feelings. Given the level of exposure that we provide in these mediums, cyberbullies are well armed to carefully examine and exploit those matters that are dear to us or are of a sensitive nature.
Until there is a method using which we can control our own demeanor to these tactics and gauge a more thorough understanding to the sensitivity and distinguishable aspects of the information which we divulge on ourselves, the greatest threat in the aspect of cyberbullying will continue to be ourselves.
Amanda Evans, in Digital Dialogues and Community 2. The perceptible anonymity of MUDs, 3 chat rooms and message boards has been replaced by the overt nonymity of the Facebook network. Social networks like Facebook provide a sense of belonging and identity performed within a community imagining. The apparent innocuousness of communication requires further understanding to ensure that members of these communities are not vulnerable to institutions and agencies that can data mine this information for their own purposes.
Community beliefs are strengthened by those who reside within the consensual normalities. The social networks that people find themselves drawn to can also effectively stabilise the community in which they imagine themselves. The most obvious community frameworks are often the most dominant and ideologically incontrovertible: religious beliefs, sovereign rights, national pride and youth culture.
The unquestionable nature of community beliefs is both clear and disturbing. Imagined communities are not facile groupings that appear and disappear. It is important that the relationship between social networking and community be stressed as they are difficult to separate. Communities are dependent upon the instability and dynamic nature of identity. Identities are changed and moulded in relation to the emptiness that is preoccupied with the performance of a self s.
The performance of visibility is an act of community belonging, the consensual agreement to live under the of that community. The s of a community are constructed as visible identities and attach themselves to cultural texts. The manner in which this attachment is performed relies upon higher and lower degrees of visibility. s are ordered and presented to accommodate the purpose of the present self.
For example, feminists are able to recognise other feminists through the mobilisation of particular cultural resources, but the overt fact remains that there is not one, singular feminist community. Identity and community focus upon the importance of belonging. As Elspeth Probyn argues,. It is of the utmost importance that we take into this desire to belong, a desire that cannot be categorized as good or bad, left or right — in short, a desire without a fixed political ground but with immense political possibilities. This desire to belong, to immerse the self in ificance, is relevant to the dynamic and free-floating nature of community.
This creates a space where the s presented to the self from the community create a continuation of belonging, a site of homologous imaginings. There must be an agreement to the s that surround and are dispersed by a network in which they imagine their ification in relation to others. It is at this point that the self, community and social network are at their most visible. Imagined communities should be celebrated and applauded, but in a virtual world where identity is multi-faceted and ever-changing, should we be concerned about the iceberg that lies beneath?
How much should people keep explicit? Would you trust Ronald K. Noble, Head of Interpol? One of the impersonators was using this profile to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra Red. This example highlights the currency of the new millennium: information. Whoever controls the social network controls the flow of information. What makes this new currency so powerful is the control that it bestows on those who possess it. While cyber criminals can cover their tracks, the majority of SNS users are leaving dirty, great, big, muddy footprints all over the virtual landscape.
In essence, those who playfully flit through cyberspace are disproportionate to those who can understand and manipulate the technology and then effectively hide the evidence. Even privacy settings cannot withstand the power of a skilled techno-criminal who wants to access a profile. Facebook, the organisation, has firmly placed the responsibility for identity protection firmly in the hands of its users. Therefore, Facebook is an identity gamble and one where the community itself must scrutinise one another and propose a directive of good taste and acceptable behaviour.
Michael Cross, in Social Media Security , A common scam involves the promise of love and companionship. A cybercriminal will use chat rooms or sites to find and romance a victim. According to the Internet Crime Report, with the exception of men who are aged 20—29, women in every age demographic are more frequently victimized by this scam.Chat rooms text
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