video chat

What is Video Chat?

Video chat (videoconferencing, videotelephony) is a form of communication that involves video and audio. It evolved from instant messaging as webcams became popular. Skype is the most well-known video chat program. Many social networking sites support video chat, including Facebook and Google+.

Benefits of Video Chat

Video chat is an effective form of communication for both families and businesses. It overcomes the weaknesses of email and instant messaging by allowing the user to see the facial expressions and hear the tone of voice of the person they are talking to.

Video chat overcomes some of the anonymity risks involved with instant messaging, primarily preventing people from lying about their age or gender.

Risks of Video Chat

The largest risks with video chat occur when chatting with strangers, especially when using a site like Omegle or Chatroulette. Never allow your child to chat with strangers. Predators have used video chat as a way to obtain child pornography.