What is Yahoo! Messenger?
You could use Yahoo! Messenger to send instant messages about homework to a classmate, chat with friends or family around the country, or read sports and entertainment headlines with the Yahoo! News plug-in.
To learn more, check out the Yahoo! Messenger Help.
What are some potential risks on Yahoo! Messenger?
Everyone using Yahoo! Messenger must follow the Yahoo! Terms of Service.
But just as there may be risks in the town where you live, the Yahoo! Messenger community may pose certain risks. Yahoo! Messenger offers a number of safety features, but you are expected to take an active role in protecting yourself online.
Start by reviewing some general practices for online safety. Also keep the following in mind when you use Yahoo! Messenger:
What can be done to limit these risks? Review Yahoo! Messenger’s safety features, learn how to report abuse, and ask your parents or caregivers for help staying safer using Yahoo! Messenger.
Yahoo! Messenger has a number of safety features. In addition to knowing how to manage contacts, you should be able to do the following:
Yahoo! Messenger also offers voice calling. If you use this service, you should know how to do the following:
Yahoo! Messenger can also install and use a webcam. If you use a webcam, place the computer and webcam in a public area of your home so others can see what’s going on. In addition, make sure that you know how to do the following.
Yahoo! Messenger also contains features for joining chat rooms, however, Yahoo! members under the age of 18 are not permitted to use Yahoo! Chat. To learn more about chat, please review Yahoo! Chat’s general safety precautions. To find a safer place for younger people to chat, browse Yahoo! Kids’ chat category.
Finally, you can report any inappropriate contact or offensive communication from other Messenger users to Yahoo!.
How can I report problems that I encounter on Yahoo! Messenger?
Yahoo! Messenger has a customer care form to report abuse. Please complete this form if you are exposed to obscene language, mature content, threats of physical violence, harassment, or anything else that violates the Yahoo! Terms of Service. Make sure to provide specific information about the location of the offending content and the identity of the user in question.
Yahoo!’s customer care team receives abuse reports and takes appropriate action as necessary, which may include deactivating an abuser’s account. Reports that indicate activity involving child pornography or solicitation of a minor are dealt with promptly by Yahoo!’s legal team and, when appropriate, reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Yahoo! is committed to providing a safer online experience for everyone and, accordingly, complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Yahoo! Messenger provides a number of safety features to limit potential risks. However, protecting young people online is a responsibility shared with parents, teachers, and other caregivers.
You should start by learning some basic practices for online safety. These include safeguarding identity online, keeping passwords secret, being cautious about contact with strangers, and creating a family pledge for online safety.
If you are exposed to obscene language, mature content, threats of physical violence, harassment, or anything else that violates the Yahoo! Messenger Terms of Service, please report the abuse.