You'll find numerous
Web sites that offer chat. See our Places to Chat on the Net page for
a list of sites that offer chat. Other popular methods include Internet
Relay Chat (IRC) and graphical chat programs like The Palace. Our Tutorials
and Other Resources page can help you learn more about using IRC and graphical
It depends on the type of chat you choose to participate in. At some Web sites, you need only a Web browser, like Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Other chat sites require a browser plus a free browser plug-in or control that you can download. For Internet Relay Chat, you need to install a separate IRC program (also known as an "IRC Client") on your computer.
Some chat areas on the Net are moderated and are clearly marked as such.But many Web sites and IRC channels are wide-open and uncensored. Some of what you see could be offensive to you. For this reason, children should always have adult supervision while chatting on the Internet.
Everything. If you
have a special interest, chances are good that there's a Web site, IRC
channel, or other chat area devoted specifically to it. Many chats, however,
are purely social and have no specified topic. The quality,tone, and intelligence,
of course, varies from site to site and day to day. You may need to spend
some time to find the chat that's right for you.