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Omegle

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Anonymous chat app filled with inappropriate conversations.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Omegle wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

Using the app is as simple as typing in interests and starting a conversation. 

Violence

Strangers you chat with might threaten or describe violence in detail, sometimes in a threatening manner. 

Sex

The app is filled with people searching for sexual chat. Some prefer to do so live; others offer links to porn websites; and since the chats are anonymous, they're often much more explicit than they might be with someone who can be identified. 

Language

If a word is obscene, it's used by these users. They also can be inventive with their dirty-word vocabulary. 

Consumerism

Users may post links to pay websites. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Users will happily discuss their favorite drugs of choice, often boasting they're using them or drinking alcohol as they type. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Omegle is an anonymous chat client with which users discuss anything they'd like. This can easily result in conversations that are filled with explicit sexual content, lewd language, and references to drugs, alcohol, and violence. Many users ask for personal data upfront, including location, age, and gender, something kids might supply (not realizing they don't have to). Adults wishing to chat anonymously may find use in this app, but kids should be kept far away. 

What's it about?

Users list subjects of interest to them, and the app pairs them with people who have selected the same. From there, users are free to say whatever they'd like, which can sometimes be inappropriate for children. Finding sexual, obscenity-laced, and otherwise inappropriate content is very easy -- and isn't something users can filter out or see coming. Users can drop out of conversations very quickly, though.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

There's one advantage the OMEGLE app has over its website parent: It doesn't use the phone or tablet's camera, meaning you're less likely to see nudity. Other than that, it's filled to the brim with inappropriate content, including graphic conversations about hardcore sex, violence, drugs, piracy, and more. It's an app children should be kept far away from. 

Families can talk about...

  • Is there anything to be gained from talking to strangers on an uncensored chat site such as Omegle? What makes people say silly or ugly things to complete strangers? Read our tips on social networking.

  • Revisit Internet rules of safety, including: Never share your real name, age, phone number, or address with people you don't know.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$0.99
Release date:September 19, 2013
Category:Social Networking
Size:2.80 MB
Version:2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Adult Written byOliviaReviewsIt March 1, 2016

Anonymous Chat App Sends the Wrong Messages to Kids

I have no personal experience using this app, but a younger friend of mine used to get on it when we hung out. We used to get some laughs out of some of the things that were posted, but it wasn't always appropriate. In fact, 90% of the time, users just wanted to post obscene sexual content (not images, just text). This is an app that you should definitely not let your kids download. Users are meant to be anonymous in order to get away with posting anything they want. It's an app that shouldn't even exist, and is a waste of time for both children and adults.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byNä Srö May 16, 2016
Teen, 17 years old Written byNoahnl May 31, 2016