This is fun but a bit more complicated than that freebie one. But safer. It will take some work on everyone's part to actually become a part of it.
The new chat box is a paid one, which guarantees no ads, and I can delete and ban, etc. any kind of spam. It's kind of like a forum. You have to sign up to use it, and I guess I have to "accept." (But maybe not. I just got another one that was "activated" and didn't do anything, so maybe it's easier than it looks.)
Here's the catch. I think I have to accept new users on the main Chat Box site, and I'll only check it once or twice a day. But I think you can still "chat" as a "guest." But then I'll make you a user. So . . . don't freak out if you "sign up" and are not a "user" for a day or two. Listen, it wouldn't even let ME write anything until I signed in. Go figure. I just know that once I'm signed in I have no intention of signing out. LOL
Right now I don't require "registration" (whatever that means) or email verification. But I can change that at any time. But it seems complicated enough (hoops to go through) without enabling even more security measures. The good thing? "Rose" requested a private chat with me. Cool feature! You can privately chat with each other too.
Anyway, I've got this Chat Box for 6 months. (after getting 51 comments in one of my posts, I figured I'd better get that Chat Box back on line, LOL). If we don't use it much or we don't like it, this summer I'll delete it. But I think--once we get used to it--the chat box will be as fun as before and "parent approved," I'm sure.
Please try to sign up for it so I can see if it works!