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Omegle

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Anonymous chat site created by teen is too risky for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site asks users to make an effort to engage in interesting conversations and not start chats with the annoying "ASL" (age, sex, location) information. But Omegle's "talk to strangers" motto reinforces the anonymous nature of the exchange and sends a somewhat disturbing message.

Violence

No threats encountered, though the site blog mentions instances of harassment "through vulgarity, spamming and so on."

Sex

Sexually charged conversations are common, and one of our chats began with a demand for cybersex via webcam.

Language

Run-of-the-mill swear words, one misogynistic insult, and several "f--ks".

Consumerism

There's one ad, for a competing chat site called WooMe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this chat site’s catch phrase, "Talk to strangers!", says it all. Though created by an 18-year-old, Omegle is not for kids. The site puts two strangers together in a chat room. Though chats start out anonymous, users often ask for and share personal information. Language is uncensored, and sexual come-ons and requests for email addresses are common. Omegle might be fun if both users desired a real conversation, but the odds of this here seem unlikely. It might be worth the effort for older teens willing to sift through the trash talk. But most kids should definitely steer clear.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

OMEGLE takes anonymous two-person chat to the next, satirical level with its tongue-in-cheek "Talk to strangers!" slogan and "You" and "Stranger" chat handles. The interface is bare bones, but the 'tude makes it a hipper choice than some other chat sites. There are even iPhone and iPod versions for "strangers on the go." Meeting a (possibly beautiful) stranger online gives anonymous chat sites such as Omegle an element of danger and excitement that most kids crave. Teen creator Leif K-Brooks describes it simply as a place to "make new friends," and we did chat with some nice kids. But it's also a fertile hunting ground for sexual predators who can take advantage of the anonymity. K-Brooks' attempts to make the site safer may have made it even less appropriate for kids. Perhaps in an effort to steer adults away from the site, a new banner on the home page reads "Pervs are Banned!" and offers links to adult-only sex sites, making Omegle even more questionable for teens.

Stranger-to-stranger chat sites tend to have more than their share of meat-market behavior. Judging from how quickly we got dumped every time we identified as a male, there are lots of boys here -- or men pretending to be boys -- on the prowl. 

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. 

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 15 years old Written bygarnesab March 22, 2011
i like omegle i don't think its for younger kids but deffintly for older did you know that there is an adult omegle...
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2011
its full of stalkers and creepy weirdos dont go on the webcam page defo (ive not been on it but ive heard horrid things about it)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written bymoviemadness April 11, 2010

Omegle is ONLY for responsible teens and up

Omegle can be fun -I've had some great conversations that have been truly educational and fun! There are also some issues, horny men and teens abound, trolls are everywhere, and there are lots of users who swear, talk about any subject they want, share links to questionable material, ask for personal information such as e-mail addresses or facebook, or demand chat/webcam sex. For any child, or teens that aren't responsible, omegle.com can be downright dangerous. For responsible ones, it can be fun!
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Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns

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