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Protection of Minors

Additional information for parents and concerning ICRA labeling

We guard and administer this chat to the best of our abilities. In spite of everything, we cannot guarantee a completely safe environment.
Our chats are primarily designed for adults and older minors; we do not operate a children's page.

You will find a list of websites that are rated as especially designed for children by experts under www.frag-finn.de and www.blinde-kuh.de (german only!). Please suggest visiting these pages to your children.

On ICRA labelling

The contents of Spinchat.com are ICRA-labeled. This allows you to decide for yourself whether your child may visit this page or not.

If you want to filter Internet contents with ICRA labeling, install the relevant program on your PC; when doing that please make sure that it is able to interpret ICRA labelings.

If your family uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can adjust the access rights to our and to other websites directly on the Internet options via the Content Advisor. Here you can find further information.

However, generally the same applies to the Internet as to all media: The Internet is not a babysitter!
Basically, children are always in danger of being overwhelmed by media. It is hence also recommended that, for instance, you choose TV programs together with your children and, at best, also watch them together with them; we recommend that children, especially under the age of 14, do not surf the web or visit chats on their own - once in a while, accompany your children on the Internet, and, if possible, always be in calling distance when your child is online.

A number of tips:

  • If you don't do it already anyway, learn more about the medium "Internet" yourself. Your children do it anyway and you should know what is going on.
    Beachten Sie hierzu auch die Kampagne "SCHAU HIN! Was Deine Kinder machen" des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, deren Ziel es ist, "die Öffentlichkeit für das Thema 'Kinder und Medien' zu mobilisieren, um damit insbesondere die Medienkompetenz der Eltern zu stärken."
    The same objective is also pursued by the initiative "Kinder sicher im Netz" from, amongst others, "Polizeilichen Kriminalprävention der Länder und des Bundes" (ProPK; Police Crime Prevention of the German Federal States and the Federal Republic) and the "Freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle Multimedia" (FSM; Voluntary Self-Regulation Multimedia). Here you can find detailed tips on your children's safety on the Internet, especially, when it comes to chatting.
  • Always show your willingness to talk! Remind your children regularly that they can talk to you about everything they have experienced on the Internet.
  • Agree on times your children are online and monitor these.
  • Ask your child to follow the behavioral guidelines mentioned above.
  • Explain to your child regularly which dangers the Internet entails:
    • Pedophiles
    • Violent criminals
    • Persons that pretend to be children
    • Spam chatmails with pornographic content
    • Propaganda especially with right-wing extremist content

If your child understands the dangers of life and also of the Internet, he/she will learn to avoid them.

You can find further information on the topic "Children and Internet" here:

  • jugendschutz.net, a foundation of the Youth Ministers of all Federal States and connected to Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz (Protection of Minors in the Media Commission), offers the brochure "Chatten ohne Risiko? - Zwischen fettem Grinsen und Cybersex" that also contains "apart from a chat atlas with selected contents, a legal evaluation of assaults in chats as well as safety information for children, minors and parents".

  • The Saarland Ministry of the Interior, Family, Women and Sports executes a project called "KlickX! - gegen sexuellen Missbrauch im Chat", in collaboration with the foundation "Hänsel und Gretel". Amongst others, the following information is offered on the Internet page:
    • For mothers and fathers (What is a chat?, abuse in chats, strategies of offenders, need-to-knows, protection against abuse?, consumption of pornography)
    • For girls and boys (tips, being suspicious is clever, how to defend yourself, chattiquette)
    • Legal stuff (criminal liability)

  • polizei-beratung.de, the Internet page of "Polizeilichen Kriminalprävention der Länder und des Bundes" (ProPK; Police Crime Prevention of the German Federal States and the Federal Republic) offers the following information concerning the topic "child pornography" on their pages under "Aktionen":
    • Terms
    • Legal framework
    • Protective mechanisms
    • Intervention by police
    • You can do this yourself
    • Support programs/Contact persons
    • Our partners
    • Further initiatives

What to do if you want to file charges against a chat user that molested your child sexually in a chat?

Proceed as follows:

  • File charges "against Unknown"
  • Indicate in theses charges
    • the name of the chat/Community in which the incident happened
    • the nickname the "offender" used for chatting in a spelling as accurately as possible - with all special characters possibly included in the name,
    • the nickname that your child used for chatting in a spelling as accurately as possible - with all special characters possibly included in the name,
    • the date/approx. time your child was chatting with "the offender",
    • what your child was talking about with "the offender"
    • if possible dialogue recordings/screenshots
    • whether your child reported the dialogue to our Support using the "Report harassment"-button.

The police then can forward this information to us and will get the data, if existing, qualified for being helpful concerning the investigation.

Important: Please tell the police everything you know or assume to know concerning this issue. It is just so much better to have one less important piece of information too much than one important piece of information too little.

Unfortunately, it is a matter of principle that too many people, also adults, are way too trusting towards strangers on the Internet. No matter if it is about chats, e-mails or about other Internet services, you should have a healthy amount of scepticism, in particular when it comes to confidential data (full name, telephone number, address etc.).