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How do I block instant messages?

Instant message controls let you determine the ability to send and receive instant messages. AOL's Instant Message service allows one-on-one, real-time, private conversations with other AOL members, as well as any non-AOL members using the AOL Instant Messenger service.

To block instant messages:

  1. Go to or sign on to AOL and visit AOL Keyword: Parental Controls.
  2. Click on the screen name for whom you are setting the instant message controls.
  3. Click the Edit IM Control button.
  4. Click the Block Instant Messaging box (a tick will appear).
  5. Click Save.