is using a software application on a computer to send an instant communication to another person.
What is instant messaging?
Instant messaging is similar to text messaging, but rather than communicating between two mobile devices, the communication happens between two computers.
Tips and suggestions
- Learn the lingo so you can understand instant messages/text messages when you see them. NetLingo has published a listing of acronyms and shorthand used when texting and chatting. Beware, however, that many of these are explicit and show how children communicate inappropriate terminology without having to type the actual words.