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Submitted by Ranis 25-02-2021 | 2 Comments

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Homesafe does not ban chat rooms unless you type in the actual chat room that you want banned.

 

Like porn, drugs, suicide....chat rooms should also have a sub catagory so that people can tick to ban.  Those chat rooms that are allowed can be added rather than it being the other way round.

 

With teenagers spending more time on chat rooms they are at high risk of grooming and sexting. Chat rooms are becoming increasingly popular and the dangers real. 

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Online Safety

Homesafe does not ban chat rooms unless you type in the actual chat room that you want banned.

 

Like porn, drugs, suicide....chat rooms should also have a sub catagory so that people can tick to ban.  Those chat rooms that are allowed can be added rather than it being the other way round.

 

With teenagers spending more time on chat rooms they are at high risk of grooming and sexting. Chat rooms are becoming increasingly popular and the dangers real. 

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Gliwmaeden2
Community Star

Totally disagree. There are thousands of perfectly innocent chatrooms.

 

It's a real nuisance when Homesafe automatically blocks Facebook....and sometimes Homesafe goes rogue and blocks Facebook even when you have not opted to use it....

 

It's already quite intrusive as a default software. 

 

There are hundreds of university chatrooms for important research discussions. 

 

Maybe parents should just be vigilant? 

 

Keep an eye out for your teenagers.

 

 

 

 

Birchcroft
Insightful One

I agree with @Gliwmaeden2 that there are lots of good chat rooms around which can be & are useful, helpful and supportive and blanket blocking while it may be seen as an easy way of 'protecting' vulnerable people it may, in my opinion, lead to a false sense of safety as there will always be sites that are either not caught, or are incorrectly caught by such a blanket block.  It is far better to interact with, educate, and address the issues of those you wish to 'protect' so they are aware and act appropriately.  That said I can see that the blocking of sites or groups of site can prove to be useful and appropriate under certain circumstances, when supported by other measures and done intelligently rather than just as a box ticking exercise.

 

If you want an alternative to the TalkTalk solution you might like to take a look at Open DNS Home Internet Security

which is free and may meet your need.

 

Finally just remember while you can set up filters such as Homesafe to block access to sites it is relatively easy to circumvent these filters.  For example by changing the DNS address on an individual device, using a mobile data connection, or using the Internet at a friend's house or elsewhere.  So it comes back to interaction & education being the best approach.