Available IM programs

As a parent, you may have heard of instant messaging software, but have no idea what it is or what it does. If you’re lacking basic information, it is difficult to protect your child. this article will serve as a guide to the variety of instant messaging software available and how it works.

Skype: this popular instant messaging platform has only been around for a few years. It allows users to connect with people worldwide via chat or VOIP (voice over Internet protocol). By linking a headset or microphone to the computer, users can communicate via text, audio, or even video. Users can also make international calls for only a few cents per minute. This program is especially popular with business people, but is gaining ground with teenagers due to its variety of useful features.

AIM: AOL Instant Messenger is an older Instant Messenger program. Users can communicate via text in real time. It is extremely popular with teenagers, and can be used on many mobile devices, such as blackberries and cell phones. Users can communicate with people they know as well as people they don’t, and can other friends to a “buddies” list. This program is extremely popular with teenagers.

Yahoo messenger: The software is extremely popular. Users communicate via text or video in real time. The entire Yahoo suite, which includes mail, groups, and a calendar, is appealing to teenagers because they can organize their lives online, and messenger is no exception.

Google talk: Google talk is the newest instant messenger program on the scene, and it is proving to be stiff competition. In fact, Google has practically given up competing, and is instead adding other clients to its messaging service. Eventually, users will most likely be able to use Google talk with any chat interface they choose, making it a powerful addition to a teenager’s arsenal. For now, however, teens can use Google talk and AOL Instant Messenger interchangeably, or combine their user lists from both programs for double the contracts.

If you see the icons for any of these programs on your home computer, or your teenager’s computer, you can be sure that they are using instant messaging software. This is not a problem in and of itself, but it is necessary to teach them some common rules and guidelines. If your teen is going to use the software, it is essential that they use it safely. Chat software can be extremely addictive, as well, so it may be necessary for you to set time limits for its use.

Have a great day!

Lawrence