As a parent or guardian it is important to understand how your teen communicates with other people online. It can be difficult to
know when new websites come online and how quickly your child will find and start using them to chat to people they do not know.
Before setting up ChatFriends I was shocked to see how many children there are in chat rooms across the UK and how easy it was for a random online stranger to exchange messages.
Because there are so many chat room websites out there, that have not correctly implemented safety features to look after younger users, we have added different protective measures to make sure they are safe online when using ChatFriends.
During different times of the day, we have verified VIP members who monitor our chat rooms. A ChatFriends moderator has the ability to delete information in the room, mute and kick users from the chat room if necessary. We also have verified admins who are invisible that also keep an eye on general member activity.
ChatFriends does not allow guests or basic members permission to send or receive private 121 messages! We have reserved this option for VIP members who have a paid and verified PayPal account. Having the private message system turned off will deter adults posing as children and children sending messages to users they do not know.
At this current time ChatFriends does not support webcams. We will be adding this feature very soon but again, this option will be for VIP members with a verified PayPal account.
Unlike many chat rooms online, we do not allow users to exchange images in private unless they become a verified VIP member. This helps protect our younger members from sending and recieving images to people they do not know.
VPN & Proxy Connections
A VPN or Proxy connection is a commonly used online service, website or phone app that hides the users real IP address. We do not allow such connections in
our chat rooms. Users found to be using this type of software are automatically banned from ChatFriends. Although some VPN connections are genuine and can be purchased as part of
an Anti-Virus package, we strictly forbid users from hiding their true IP address.
All users IP connections to ChatFriends are checked by a private company before they allowed to access and connect to our chat rooms.
Another way to hide a users identity is to sign up with a temporary emails. ChatFriends only allows emails that require users to verify their telephone number. This again helps deter non genuine users from signing up to our chat room.
If at anytime you would like your childs ChatFriends account deleted, please contact us through the main website contact form, where we will be happy to comply. We can also apply a ban to your IP address to stop him or her using our service again.
Monitoring your childs online behaviour and browsing habits, can be difficult and although we have implemented protective measures to ChatFriends The best measures are always to make your child aware of dangers of being connected socially online.
If at anytime we suspect suspicious behaviour we will always report this to the Police and their internet service provider.