Omegle

Common Sense Media says

Anonymous chat app filled with inappropriate conversations.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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. 

Privacy & safety

Significant privacy concerns. Although conversations using the app are anonymous, many users begin conversations by demanding personal information, which children might supply. This opens up the threat of real-world meetings with people who may be of questionable moral fiber. 

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 kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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