Worried about the dangers young internet users may face? Click here for the Internet Watch Foundation's guide on the issue. Concerned about your children using Chat? Take a look at Childnet's Chatdanger site.
What is Internet Relay Chat?
Please note that because IRC is live, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like BTinternet and BTopenworld have no control over the content of Chat channels, which would exist even if ISPs did not agree to carry them. Additionally, please be aware that it is easy for someone using IRC to create a false persona or masquerade - a man may pose as a child in a children's Chat channel, for instance. Because of this, never allow your children to use Chat without your direct supervision. Make your children aware of the issues, and instruct them to never to give out their personal details (name,address, etc.) when using IRC. It is for these reasons that BTinternet and BTopenworld do not operate an IRC server.
How do I use IRC?
Can I use other IRC programs with BTinternet?
How can I get a list of current IRC channels?
How do I use the BTinternet Chat program?