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Method for Educational Chat Client Software for Kids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032891D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Kids spend more and more time these days chatting on the Internet using instant messaging software. Proposed is an optional, additional layer of filters that parents might configure in order to add an educational aspect to instant messaging conversations.

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Method for Educational Chat Client Software for Kids

Kids spend more and more time these days chatting on the Internet using instant messaging software. Various filters exist that censor message contents for the protection of our children. Educational software, particularly targeted at kids, composes a significant share of all commercial software. Parents are clearly in favor of providing educational tools and activities for their children. The fact that kids enjoy chatting online suggests that it could be used as a reward for performing some educational activities. Proposed is an optional, additional layer of filters that parents might configure in order to add an educational aspect to instant messaging conversations.

Instant messaging clients would apply some combination of available filters configured at various levels to scan incoming and outgoing messages. The user might be prompted to fix some misspelled word or correct some poor grammar construct, or answer a trivia question, solve a math problem, etc. before sending or receiving the message. In this manner, kids using this sort of plug-in technology are learning while having fun chatting with their friends. Kids are "rewarded" by allowing them to send or receive messages.

Thus, a parent might administer the instant messaging client such that certain rules are applied before an instant message is sent or received.

Types of filters a parent might configure:

   Spelling - A filter to prevent their kids from sending messages when there are misspelled words in the message, or be prompted to identify missp...