Both America Online and MSN Instant Messenger allow for communication over a cell phone that is equipped for IM.
Cellular service providers such as Verizon Wireless and Cingular Wireless support the feature and have Web sites that help smooth the process of upgrading a phone to get Instant Messages. Typical Instant Message screens look like this: Used properly, Instant Messaging can be very helpful and practical.
An IM-equipped child can communicate anywhere, with anyone, at any time on the IM network - all without a parent's knowledge.
Besides offering real-time contact with strangers or others who may seek to harm your child, Instant Messaging allows for the immediate dissemination of significant personal information.
The screen above on the left is the MSN Messenger window.
If you child is on the buddy list of an Internet predator, as soon as your child logs on to Instant Messenger, the predator will be alerted.