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SocialMunch Chatiquette - Chat Room Etiquette
Just like in real life, there are some things that you do and some things that you don't do and this also applies when in chatting. If you are new to chatting, reading the following will help you understand the unwritten rules or "etiquette" of chat and help you to communicate with others.
|Chat Room Terms / Abbreviations|
|Abbreviations are short forms of words or phrases. Abbreviations are often used in chat rooms because they are easy to type and they save time.|
|121 = One-to-one||AFK = Away from keyboard|
|AKA = Also known as||ASAP = As soon as possible|
|A/S/L = Age/sex/location||B4 = Before|
|BBL = Be back later||BRB = Be right back|
|BTW = By the way||CUZ = Because|
|FAQ = Frequently asked questions||FYI = For your information|
|IDK = I don't know||J/K = Just kidding|
|K = OK||L8R = Later|
|LOL = Laugh out loud||M/F = Male or female|
|MSG = Message||OIC = Oh, I see|
|P2P = Person-to-person||PLZ = Please|
|PM = Private message||ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing|
|SYL = See you later||TGIF = Thank goodness it's Friday|
|THX = Thanks||TTYL = Talk to you later|
|Chat Room Safety Tips and Advice
#1 Be careful who you trust online and remember that online friends are really strangers. People online, no matter how long you have been talking to them or how friendly they are, may not be who they say they are.
#2 Get away from an unpleasant situation. Simply logout of the chatroom (this just takes one click) and will save you from silly arguments and similar with other chatters.
#3 Meeting someone you have been in touch with online can be dangerous. If you feel that you ‘have to’ meet, then for your own safety you must tell your parent or carer and take them with you – at least on the first visit – and meet in a public place in daytime.
#4 Use a sensible username. It's always a good idea to use a username that is not going to attract the wrong type of attention.
#5 It pays to be clever. Keep your personal information secret when chatting online (name, address, telephone number, mobile number, private email address, picture), even if people ask for this. Giving out personal information can make you vulnerable.
#6 Learn how to save and keep a copy of the conversation in chat – this may be useful if you want to report something to admins or moderators.