An internet forum is a virtual space for the sharing and archiving of thoughts, opinions and experiences. The communication takes place asynchronously, i.e. not in real time. Usually an internet forum has one specific main topic or is divided according to themes and sub-themes into several sub-forums. People post contributions which others can read and reply to. Several posts on the same subject are collectively referred to as threads or topics. By opening a new thread, a new topic for discussion can be set up. It is also possible to integrate a forum into one’s website.
In order to maintain internet safety, teachers should supervise internet forums and inspect postings before they are publicised.