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For Kids and Teens

The Knowledge House chat group is intended for the enjoyment and interaction of our homeschool students. There are two chat groups, one for kids age 8-12 and the other for teens age 13-17. It is our sincere goal to make the chat group comfortable and safe. Only pre-screened, registered Knowledge House members are allowed to chat with parental permission. When you join the chat group you agree to obey the rules and code of conduct listed below. If you disobey any of these rules or terms, you will be warned and possibly suspended. If you repeatedly fail to abide by the rules, you will be permanently banned. Serious offenders may be terminated without notice. Our moderators are the people who decide who will or will not be allowed in the chat group. We operate from a Judeo-Christian perspective and make decisions based on the ethical and moral standards established in the Bible.

Knowledge House attempts to create a friendly and fun environment for all chat group members, by preventing and promptly ending any bad behavior. We don't anticipate any problems since we expect everyone to behave in a Christian manner. However, it is possible that even though the chat group is monitored and in spite of our strict rules, there may be an inappropriate post from time to time. We can't promise there will be none. We ask that you use the chat group with the full knowledge of your parents. If you notice any poor behavior, please advise your parents and send a message to the e-mail address listed below to tell us the user name and what they said. We will investigate and take the appropriate action.

Teri Olsen -
Helene Charles -
Ellen McCoy -

Standard of Conduct

"Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe."

~ I Timothy 4:12 ~

Chat Room Rules

All members should go over these rules with their parents so they know what they are allowed or not allowed to do. It is the parent's responsibility to monitor their child's computer use. If parents are concerned about their children's activity in these areas, we recommend that they sit with their son or daughter when they are on the computer.

1. No members over the age of 12 are allowed in the Kids Chat group, and only teens age 13 and up are allowed in the Teen Chat group. NO EXCEPTIONS. No adults are permitted to post or chat and their posts will be deleted no matter what the content. You must not lie or misrepresent your age, gender or e-mail address, assume someone else's identity or pretend to be someone you are not. You will not use a false name that you are not allowed to use. (You are allowed to have a screen name that is not your name.)

2. You will not use the chat room to do anything illegal, either on purpose or by accident. You agree that you will not intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. Violations in this area will result in immediate termination of your chat group access.

3. You will not threaten, harass, criticize, embarrass, make fun of, insult, call names, cause discomfort or distress, give unwanted attention to, or otherwise personally attack anyone. You will not make any derogatory remarks about anyone's faith, ethnicity, skin color, race, gender, disabilities, etc. You will not falsely accuse others, say anything defamatory, start arguments, or act in any manner other than Jesus Himself would.

4. We do not allow the use of hateful speech, improper or bad language, profanity, obscenities, swearing, cursing (or using symbols such as #$*&@ in place of a curse word), blasphemy, saying the Lord's name in vain, lying, vulgar topics, or flirtatious nicknames such as hot, babe, chick, etc. Any other topics that would be considered objectionable for Christian homeschool chat or that would make others feel uncomfortable is not allowed, such as discussions on secular music. Please use your best judgment and be respectful of others. We want to keep this chat group appropriate for all ages.

5. There will be no solicitation of others' family names, home addresses, or phone numbers. You will not give out any personal info, URL's, or e-mail addresses - including your own. This chat group is not to be used for arranging play dates or as a teen dating or matchmaking service.

6. You are not allowed to post advertisements, promotional materials, offers to trade, buy or sell products or services, or any other forms of solicitation.

7. You will not post chain letters, spam, unnecessarily long messages, repetitive posts, meaningless text, nonsense, off-topic banter, offensive declarations or exhortations, yelling (ALL CAPS), or other disruptive content. Your messages should be about the topic specified in the subject line. Start your own thread if you have something different to say.

8. You will not post pictures, include attachments, or link to any graphic, audio and video files, give out e-mail addresses or URL's, or tell kids about any web pages, sites or blogs on the internet.

9. Polite conversation only, please. This means you must be respectful of other members and their opinions even if you do not agree with them. This chat group is not to be used as a medium to start debates or arguments about politics, religion, denominational doctrines, dogma, philosophy, or related issues. You may express your disagreement with someone's point-of-view, but if any conversation becomes inflammatory, discouraging or mean-spirited, a moderator will step in and stop it.

10. Moderators will give members two warnings when they disobey specific rules. The third time, they will kick you out of the chat group and you will be unable to re-enter. This means that you will no longer be allowed into the chat group ever again.

P.S. Knowledge House reserves the right to change or alter our chat group rules and terms of conduct at any time, at our sole discretion and without prior notice. Any such revisions will be posted and made available from the main Knowledge House Chat page. You agree that you will periodically read and review the rules so you know what is allowed or not allowed. By using the chat group after we make changes, that means you have agreed to abide by such changes.

See Also: Internet Use Agreements for Parents and Children


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