Top Chat Tips
We want you to have fun with friends and chat with new people while playing OpenVMK, but not everyone is who they say they are, and some people might want to be your friend for the wrong reasons. To stay safe in the Open Virtual Magic Kingdom — and on other Web sites — follow these tips:
Don't Give Out Personal Info
Would you give a stranger on the street your telephone number? No — then why do it in a game? Never tell anyone your home address, telephone number, e-mail address or cell phone number. Don't even tell them your real name or which school you go to. And don't give away your friends' private details, either.
But remember, if you do reveal personal details, don't panic. Let your parents know. There are ways to prevent unwanted text messages, instant messages (IMs) and e-mails, and your parents can help you.
Don't Accept E-Mails or Open Files
Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don't know can get you into trouble. Attachments may contain viruses, nasty messages or annoying links to stuff you really don't want to see.
Don't Meet in Real Life
It's not safe; no matter how long you've been talking to someone online, you can never be sure of what that person is like in real life.
If you are determined to meet with someone, then never go alone. Always take a parent or other trusted adult with you and always tell an adult where you're going, and what time you'll be back.
Don't Engage in Sexual Activity Online
You will be banned from OpenVMK and other responsible teen sites for using adult language and pretending to have sex (often referred to as "cyber").
Do Talk in Public
Try to have your online conversations in public, rather than one-to-one. People are less likely to hassle you if there are other people around.
Do Remember That You're in Control
If another Player is saying something that makes you uncomfortable, or won't leave you alone, you can leave the room or choose to ignore them. Just click their Character and select the ignore button, and you won't see another word they type. If they're already in your list of friends, you can easily remove them to stop receiving their messages.
And remember, you can leave the game whenever you like — just click the "X" logout button!
Do Tell Your Parents or Guardians That You're Playing OpenVMK
By telling them where you are hanging out online — and maybe even showing them — you will put their minds at ease.
Do Call for Help If Needed
All responsible Web sites have an emergency help button. Don't be afraid to use it if something makes you uncomfortable. In OpenVMK, you can Call for OVMK Staff by clicking on "HELP" in the bottom right of the game screen. One of our trained moderators will then help you out.
Do Talk to an Adult
Talk to an adult you know well if you're worried or upset about anything you've seen or been sent online. If there is no adult you can speak to, or if you want to talk to someone in confidence, you can call Childhelp USA at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).