Middle aged web chat rooms
Censorship does not work in cyberspace (or works in only partial and transitory ways) and what is generally agreed is needed is education in ‘responsible use.’ This includes developing educational strategies that take account of the appeal and attraction of the Internet and supports young people in reflecting on their own practice as Internet users and the consequences of their Internet interactions on others. Generally speaking we found that the fears that young people had about the safety of the Internet differed from those of adults.In this paper we describe a particular set of Internetbased interactions that have great appeal to young people but create most anxiety among parents and other adults. In the main they were concerned about security rather than pornography, which they saw as amusing rather than harmful.In 2014 Brown and Woolley released a web-based version of Talkomatic.
Some of the practices adopted by these young people are surprising and counter to the conventional advice given by official authorities.Rules usually do not allow users to use offensive/rude language, or to promote hate, violence, and other negative issues. Chat rooms often do not allow advertising or "flooding", which is continually filling the screen with repetitive text.Typing with caps lock on is usually considered shouting (suggesting anger) and is discouraged.The Internet has become, for many of us, not only our primary source of information, but has extended and changed the scale of our social networks and the pace and intensity with which we interact with people: it has changed our identities (Mitchell, 2003).In the public imagination, there are two sides to the Internet coin.