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By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Anonymous chat site created by teen is too risky for kids.

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age 16+

Based on 228 parent reviews

age 18+

It can be fun - but only for adults.

Lots of bots advertising adult content, unfiltered chats with strangers, and a significant amount of predators. Video is unmonitored and therefore frequently inappropriate. If you’re 18+ you might occasionally have a good conversation here, but there’s nothing here for kids or teens.
age 18+

Old man shows penis to my 9 year old

This happened last night and I am so sorry I didn’t have parental control on my 9 year olds phone. She just told me in the last hour that she thought it was for her age and she was scared when an older man showed his penis to her. She has only been on it for the first time for about 5 minutes when this happened. She had no idea it was 18 plus and it is clear that there should be no nudity from its ‘rules’. Thankfully she disconnected it straight away and was able to talk about it today. I would like to report this to the company, but am unable to find a contact. I appreciate being able to highlight this issue here! Kindest regards, Joanne

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (228 ):
Kids say (252 ):

This site's barebones design doesn't offer much of a visual experience -- and there are just a couple of ways to connect to other people. Kids can text or video chat with other users on Omegle. College students can talk to each other if they submit an email address that ends in a variation of .edu or .ac to verify their status. Users can also enter a topic they're interested in and the site says it will connect them with someone else who shares that interest -- although it's unclear what kind of vetting and analysis occurs behind the scenes. The other site content primarily involves usage terms, some of which don't seem to be strictly enforced. Users are supposed to be 18 or older, for instance, but there's no real verification process. Text in the Community Guidelines section says threats, hateful conduct, nudity, and sexually explicit conduct are prohibited on the moderated portions of the site. It's unclear how strictly monitored they are, though -- particularly since text on the homepage says "no moderation is perfect." While the site contains a link to an external organization that offers information on parental control measures, Omegle doesn't offer any specific tools to help parents monitor kids' activity on the site.

Chats can be -- and sometimes are -- friendly and kid-appropriate, with conversations surrounding topics like how each person is doing that day. Finding someone to video chat with can, at times, involve a wait. Some text chats end quickly, with the other user exiting moments after it starts. In theory, the site could be a way to have anonymous discussions with other people. Your identity isn't shown, and the other user is just listed as "Stranger" in written chats. The site description says chat users will remain unspecified "unless you tell someone who you are (not recommended!)" -- there's always a risk, though, that more detailed and potentially inappropriate information could be shared. Even more alarmingly, users are told if they're looking for an unmonitored experience, to visit an adult site -- and astonishingly, this site offers a link that leads to one. That aspect alone -- coupled with the other potential issues that could arise from using Omegle -- cancel out any communication skill strengthening benefits the site might otherwise be able to provide.

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