A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.
- 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: July 9, 2020
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