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Inappropriate Chat Rooms and our Underage Children

Being that this is technically a 'site' related question, I hope this is the correct forum in which to post.

Lately (mainly in the evenings) I've been seeing chat rooms that promote "We're dirty in here" or "come in if you're horny". Wether or not the rooms are really what the titles imply, or people are just goofing off, I don't know. What I was wondering is IS this...

I understand that teenagers can sell here on etsy as long as an adult opens the shop (with the credit card). But honesty, when we are convoing or chatting with a person, there is no guarantee that said person isn't underage.

Does etsy have anything in place that protects children/teenagers from entering these kinds of chat rooms? Do we really need sex chat rooms on a craft site, anyway? When I look at the chat rooms, I'm looking for etsy related things... as I'm sure we would think our children were, too. I understand in the long run it comes down to parental control and being involved enough in your kid's life that you know what they're doing... but I really wouldn't think we'de have to protect kids from etsy... would you?

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Inactive Etsy Member 11:31 am Jan 29, 2009 EST
I don't venture over there but I've read similar tales about the etsy chats. I think it's absurd that it's allowed here. That's not a popular opinion but it's mine.
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Inactive Etsy Member 11:32 am Jan 29, 2009 EST
Considering that those under 18 aren't supposed to have shops without parental supervision to begin with, yes, I think you do need to be aware and providing oversight on your underage kids activities.

Mature discussion and items are allowed on Etsy. Live with it.
Wow, I haven't seen inappropriate talk but that may be the time of day I maybe in the forum. Hope that these kids get off as this is not the place, just like you said.
there are mature items for sale and all that is needed is a disclaimer on the initial picture. i am sure that the title of the chat room is the equivalent. personally, i'm not interested and i don't reallly think it is appropriate for this site, but i am not going to try to stop other people who want to do that. but, in the end, this is an adult venue and it is solely the responsibility of the parent to monitor the child.
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Inactive Etsy Member 11:33 am Jan 29, 2009 EST
mindlesspursuits said:
Considering that those under 18 aren't supposed to have shops without parental supervision to begin with, yes, I think you do need to be aware and providing oversight on your underage kids activities.

Mature discussion and items are allowed on Etsy. Live with it.
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ditto minus the "live with it" part : )
Anytime your kids are on the Internet unsupervised, they can run into "inappropriate" conversation--and much, much worse. Parents beware. Etsy is the least of your problems.
I agree with My Many Moods, but etsy seems to think it's ok, and the people in the chat rooms seem to think that it's the parents' responsibility to moniter what their kids are doing.
I remember one night seeing a chat room that was of that nature. I was really bothered too. I asked them what the hell are you guys talking about, but no one replied. I think they know that that kind of talk is not appropriate in Etsy and I too hope it will stop.
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Inactive Etsy Member 11:35 am Jan 29, 2009 EST
I saw the chat room you're referring to last night - didn't go in, thought it was inappropriately titled but I don't know if it was a "joke" or not.

That being said, even if there shouldn't be chats like that on etsy, it is not up to etsy nor the other participants in chat to parent other people's children.

Theoretically - everyone on etsy is 18+ or if they are under 18, they are using etsy with the presence of a parent. Now, we all know that many parents let their children on the computers with little or no supervision, on etsy and everywhere else.

It is not the job of the rest of the world to make sure that the web is safe for children. It is up to the parents to monitor the web use of their children and determine what is and is not appropriate. If these underage children are on etsy without a parent [and in technical violation of the TOS], it is beside the point that there should/should not be "questionable material" on etsy - the parent should be with them, thus screening any materials viewed by their child.

I've said it before, I've said it again - it's not the job of the internet or television to parent your kids, it's yours.

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