Open communication with your child is vital. Your child needs to feel they can come to you if they encounter frightening communications or images.
Set age limits. Keep young children away from any unaccompanied chatting.
Understand the technology. Open an account yourself, and get your whole family connected. If your child views the program as a way of staying in touch with family, there might be less risk of misuse with friends.
Use privacy settings. Just like other communication tools like Facebook and Yahoo Messenger, most video chat programs come with privacy settings.
No inappropriate activities. You can use parental controls through your Internet provider to restrict what sites your children can visit.
Set time limits. With any online activity, be sure to tell your children how long they will have to engage in these activities.