How to Block Chat Rooms

By Kristian Smith

Chat rooms are a feature on some websites that allow Internet users to interact with one another in real-time. They can be a great place to keep in touch with friends and family or meet new acquaintances. However, chat rooms are also a magnet for pedophiles and may have content unsuitable for children. Chat rooms and other websites with inappropriate content can be blocked using the security settings available in most Web browsers.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click on "Tools."

Step 3

Click on "Internet Options."

Step 4

Click on "Security."

Step 5

Click on "Restricted Sites."

Step 6

Click on "Sites."

Step 7

Insert the URL of the chat room site you wish to block into the "Add this website to this zone" box.

Step 8

Click "Add."

Step 9

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to add other chat room sites you wish to block.

Step 10

Click "Close."

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2

Click "Add-Ons" in the "Tools" menu. Click "Get Add-ons" and then enter "BlockSite" into the search field.

Step 3

Click the "Add to Firefox" button when the BlockSite add-on is located, and then click "Install Now." You may be prompted to restart Firefox.

Step 4

Click "Add-Ons" in the "Tools" menu again. Click on the BlockSite "Preferences" button.

Step 5

Click the "Add" button and type in the URL of the chat room site you would like to block in the box provided. Click "OK."

Step 6

Click "OK" once more. Restart Firefox and the chat room site will be blocked.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Open Google Chrome.

Step 2

Click on the "wrench" icon located on the right-hand side of the browser toolbar. Click "Options" and then click the "Under the Hood" tab.

Step 3

Click "Change Proxy Settings."

Step 4

Click "Security" and then click "Restricted Sites."

Step 5

Click the "Sites" button. Type the URL of the chat room you wish to block in the "Add this website to the zone:" field.

Step 6

Click "Close" and then "OK."