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The name "Buddy Chat" has been phased out and replaced with "Group Chat," which more accurately conveys the ability to chat with more than one person in a group chat space.Talking on the phone can provide more immediate help, but we do know that sometimes you might be more comfortable contacting us via chat, text, or email.Whichever way you'd like to contact us, we'd like to help! Our counselors are available 24/7 and have a wide range of experiences working with kids and families who are frustrated, depressed, or just need someone to talk to.When you e-mail a question we will send a response back to you within 48 hours. Please contact us if you're depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge.We post selected questions and responses on our bulletin board board a few days later. The Boys Town National Hotline has been taking calls from kids and families since 1989.The phone service provider (Verizon, Sprint, ATT etc.) delivers the message for the user through the cellular network as opposed to the Internet. It is entirely possible, and highly likely, that users will utilize both the phone carrier’s network to send SMS messages, while also using a messaging app to communicate over the phone's Internet (data) connection.Instant Messaging (IM or IMing) is a service allowing users to send typed messages, pictures, files, and live video to a recipient based on their screen name.Computers require a small program to be downloaded and installed whereas a smartphone user can easily install an app from the manufacturer’s app store.Either way, these programs require a user to log on and use a designated username (screenname / handle etc.) that becomes their identity on the system while in use.So now, it's double-embarrassing." Host Kelly Ripa joked to Franco, "I promise I won't reveal -- co-starring Emma Roberts and playing at the Tribeca Film Festival -- is about a secret affair between a high school soccer player and her coach.Instant Messaging (IM) or better known as Messaging, and Chat Rooms, utilize the Internet as the backbone for their functionality.