What parents need to know
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'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?
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.