Virtual World Chat
Virtual world chat rooms and environments allow you to interact with other people via the internet or other electronic devices. This type of virtual communication can be accomplished in real time using text or speech.
Many virtual chat environments allow you to create an avatar. Your avatar is a creative representation of yourself. Your avatar will chat with other avatars in a 3D virtual world.
With the growing popularity of virtual chat it is extremely important to be aware of the dangers that exist. Virtual chat can be a wonderful experience if you recognize the pitfalls that exist and keep yourself safe.
Just So You Know…
A safe virtual chat environment will post their privacy and safety policies on their site. You will be warned to not give out any personal information and be advised of the site’s age limits.
The chat room should also have clear information available describing the type of services they offer. Is it a virtual dating service? Do they offer virtual gaming? It is important to look for a virtual world that offers what you are looking for. If you are looking for a realistic world where you can chat with friends you do not want to join a fantasy game site.
Most virtual chat services will have new users fill out a registration form. Make sure the form does not ask for personal information such as your social security number. There is also no reason to give your address to these sites although some may ask.
During the registration process you will be asked to complete a personal profile. This profile will be posted on the site for others to see. Personal profiles allow you to see information about other users and let them get to know you. Do not put anything in your personal profile that could offer a clue to where you are or give out any other potentially harmful information. Protect yourself from cybercrime.
Get OUTTA My Way!
The virtual chat service you choose should have safety mechanisms installed for your use. You should be able to block users you find offensive or do not want to interact with in the virtual world. You should even be able to make your “space” private if you only want to chat with specific people and are not looking to meet anyone new.
A good virtual world chat service will also offer you the opportunity to filter conversations or content. Most filters work to recognize offensive language and content and can be set at different levels by the user. If you do not want any offensive content to come your way you will want to set your filters on high.
You should also determine if the virtual world chat service has a “report this” section. This is an important option as it allows you to report someone who is not following the rules. If you feel someone is abusing the service you can report them to the site’s management team. This team will further investigate the situation. There have been actual situations where reported users have been turned over to law enforcement officers for their illegal actions.
Virtual world chat can be an awesome and fulfilling experience. Keep the above safety measures in mind when you chat and you will have a pleasurable virtual experience.
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