For safety reasons teens should set options in their account to only allow contacts from users on their buddy or messenger list and never allow files to be accepted on their computer to reduce potential virus threats from a friend’s computer.Chat rooms are similar to Instant Messaging, (IM) but unlike direct one-to-one communication, users log on to a themed based virtual room and communicate with a group of users.This messaging service is very simple and built into the phone.The phone service provider (Verizon, Sprint, ATT etc.) delivers the message for the user through the cellular network as opposed to the Internet. It is entirely possible, and highly likely, that users will utilize both the phone carrier’s network to send SMS messages, while also using a messaging app to communicate over the phone's Internet (data) connection.The program handles all the communication and provides a window for the user to type and receive messages. offer messaging as part of the overall platform it offers customers along with many other options.Additionally, companies like Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, and Yahoo offer membership accounts allowing users to register in exchange for access to web services like e-mail, office programs, document storage, calendar, messaging, and many other resources for free.
These services provide instant communication between two user’s computers either through typing messages, sending files, and or even pictures.
At that point, both users are simultaneously still in the room while engaging in a private IM session in a new pop up window.
Predators use this feature to target users they meet in chat rooms.
Either way, these programs require a user to log on and use a designated username (screenname / handle etc.) that becomes their identity on the system while in use.
This may seem redundant to mention - but it is important to understand this type of messaging utilizes the Internet network for transporting the message. Cell phones (both flip phones and smartphones) can also send text message (SMS = Short Message Service) to other phones with only the use of a phone number.