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What are instant message controls?

You can use instant message controls to block all AOL members and AOL Instant Messenger users from sending instant messages to your child or other holders of screen names on your account.

To use the instant message controls:

  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 to block or allow instant messaging for AOL members and AOL Instant Messenger users (a tick appears for blocked messages).
  5. Click Save.