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Recently with the December Update player chat privileges have been changed. All players have been granted access to Free Chat. While players are thrilled to learn that accounts which were previously limited to Canned chat due to errors with their birth year, there has also been many concerns about younger players being able to interact with others through what is called "Free Chat".
 
Free chat allows players to type and see other phrases typed by players. It is a chat system that allows players to interact freely with the only limit being the filters put in place. This allows the player to "chat" openly through typing in the open social chat, guild chat and private chat to other members as well.
 
To help balance the frustration with these filters and to prevent younger players from revealing personal information or interacting with others without restrictions, Free Realms also put in place some predetermined phrases which players can select as well - also known as "Canned Chat". These Predetermined phrases can easily communicate feelings, phrases and needs within the game such as if they need to visit Snowhill. Free Chat players can use these phrases as well.
 
Parents who are concerned about their child having access to Free Chat should review the parental controls of their child's account following these instructions by our Moderator Kaden:
 
"If you go to the free realms home page and click under Parents > Parental Controls, you can change access to everything separately. You can switch the player back to canned chat.
 
On my account it even let me decide if I wanted to have access to the forums separately too, so I can make myself canned chat but still have access to the forums. Not sure how that would work on an underage child's account, but it is worth looking into I think."
 
This is something we encourage all members to review and become familiar with. For those concerned that their child may access these controls on their account -- you need to set up an individual password exclusive for the controls as seen below:
 
 
 
While these changes occurred quite quickly and many parents may be concerned, there is much more access and changes you can make - From limiting their access to the SOE forums (allowing them to access, post and read the entire forum or just the announcements) to selecting what kind of chat you will allow them ("free chat" or "canned chat") to participate in.
 
Recently with the December Update player chat privileges have been changed. All players have been granted access to Free Chat. While players are thrilled to learn that accounts which were previously limited to Canned chat due to errors with their birth year, there has also been many concerns about younger players being able to interact with others through what is called "Free Chat".
 
Free chat allows players to type and see other phrases typed by players. It is a chat system that allows players to interact freely with the only limit being the filters put in place. This allows the player to "chat" openly through typing in the open social chat, guild chat and private chat to other members as well.
 
To help balance the frustration with these filters and to prevent younger players from revealing personal information or interacting with others without restrictions, Free Realms also put in place some predetermined phrases which players can select as well - also known as "Canned Chat". These Predetermined phrases can easily communicate feelings, phrases and needs within the game such as if they need to visit Snowhill. Free Chat players can use these phrases as well.
 
Parents who are concerned about their child having access to Free Chat should review the parental controls of their child's account following these instructions by our Moderator Kaden:
 
"If you go to the free realms home page and click under Parents > Parental Controls, you can change access to everything separately. You can switch the player back to canned chat.
 
On my account it even let me decide if I wanted to have access to the forums separately too, so I can make myself canned chat but still have access to the forums. Not sure how that would work on an underage child's account, but it is worth looking into I think."
 
This is something we encourage all members to review and become familiar with. For those concerned that their child may access these controls on their account -- you need to set up an individual password exclusive for the controls as seen below:
 
 
 
While these changes occurred quite quickly and many parents may be concerned, there is much more access and changes you can make - From limiting their access to the SOE forums (allowing them to access, post and read the entire forum or just the announcements) to selecting what kind of chat you will allow them ("free chat" or "canned chat") to participate in.
 

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