Omegle

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Random video chat with purchases, porn.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Not intended or appropriate for educational use.

Ease of Play

App does all the work for connecting users randomly.

Violence

Connecting with strangers leaves users vulnerable to threats or even witnessing violence.

Sex

Anonymous texting and video chatting has lots of potential for nudity and sexual content.

Language

Both video chat and text could include profanity and explicit language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No way to regulate what strangers are doing in video chats, so drinking, drugs, and smoking are certainly possible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Omegle is an anonymous video chat client intended for adults. There's a website with the same name, though they don't seem to be connected. Users are asked several times to verify that they are at least 18, but all that's required is entering a birth date. Though there's no mature content generated by the app itself, the anonymity of video chatting with strangers could easily result in conversations that are filled with explicit sexual content, profanity, and references to drugs, alcohol, and violence. Strangers could 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJouseph O. October 30, 2017
Adult Written byGomez J. July 27, 2017
Kid, 11 years old May 10, 2020

DO NOT LET KIDS ON HERE

I cannot stress this enough,
DO NOT LET CHILDREN ON HERE!

Years ago when I was much younger, I went on omegle a few times.
Let me sum it up to you:

-Rude peo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMeyah 1107 May 21, 2020

WARNING

I was going on Omegle to talk to new people, and that obviously includes people showing their genetilia, which I would skip through. I have ran into violence be... Continue reading

What's it about?

To use OMEGLE, enter a birth date, gender, name, and phone number, and post a picture. When first using the app, tusers can't specify which gender they want to talk to, so the "Both" option is selected by default until you earn enough coins to change the setting. Then, you're connected with another user by video. Either party can leave the call at any time. The website of the same name offers more options (like an adult-content area and spy option for listening in on others), but they don't seem to be connected in any way.

Is it any good?

Connecting with a stranger over video chat might work for adults, but it's not safe for kids and is unlikely to lead to meaningful relationships for anyone. The Omegle app is quite different from the website, requiring collecting coins before giving users the option of choosing which gender they chat with or adding other interests. Users can get coins by using the app or paying real money. For the most part, the app seems to be used by men. Many women's videos includes a website address for paid porn sites. Omegle stresses at many points in the start-up process that it's for users 18 and older, and if someone enters a birth date under 18, that phone number is locked out until the 18th birthday. 

As always with platforms that exist only to meet strangers, it's too risky for kids. Add to that the opportunity to pay real money and easy access to porn sites, Omegle is best to avoid entirely.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (option to buy coins for in-app use, from $.99 to $19.99)
  • Release date: May 3, 2020
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 49.70 MB
  • Publisher: Hans Stuffer
  • Version: 2..0.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: May 12, 2020

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