Many have unmitigated access to phones and computers, with no supervision.All that is making it very easy for children to get in trouble with sexting, predators, and even the law. Well-meaning parents who aren't on top of the hottest apps or sites may not even know what their kids have access to.The only chat service available to MSN users in the UK will be the free instant messaging service, MSN Messenger, which is not so open and gives people more control over who they talk to.
Some have suggested that MSN may have economic reasons for closing down their chatrooms.
Technologies are always evolving and it's difficult for parents to monitor and control what their kids see and share.
And that's leading to a host of difficult problems for parents - and kids of all ages.
Microsoft announced this morning that, to reduce criminal exploitation of children, pornographic spam, and other inappropriate uses, the company will shut down its free MSN chat rooms in Asia, Europe, and Latin America and will limit the service in Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States.
The changes will take effect October 14, according to Microsoft, and will affect all the countries in which MSN is available.