Is Omegle Safe?- Parents Beware! Do you know who your kids are chatting with?

by Andrea McDaniel

index Is Omegle Safe?  Parents Beware! Do you know who your kids are chatting with?  My 16-year-old daughter brought Omegle to my attention a few months ago.

She spent the night with a friend of hers and this friend had the app on her cell phone and started randomly having conversations with strangers.

Omegle is used for talking to strangers with video chat.  Is Omegle safe? Are you okay with your kids talking to strangers?  I’m not, and I’m going to guess you probably aren’t either.

After all, it’s the exact opposite of everything we were taught not to do when we were little and the very thing that we, as parents, prohibit our children to do today.

So, is Omegle safe?

Immediately after my daughter mentioned the app, I did a lot of research on it.

I was highly alarmed that you don’t have to register for the app, nor do you have to identify yourself.

Chats are identified as “you” and “stranger”.

Red flags should definitely be going up now.

After more extensive research, I found YouTube videos of teens sharing their experiences of Omegle and talking about nude older men, girls taking their shirts off, being asked to meet up, expressing their thoughts and excitement on talking to strangers.

Some girls were concerned about their video chats being recorded. I researched a little more and found that the video chats and text chats could be recorded and shared on YouTube via free software that can be downloaded online.

More alarming is if your child is using a computer to access Omegle, their privacy policy clearly states that the following information is saved on their servers for 120 days: “the time your chat began, your IP address, a randomly-generated ID tag assigned to your computer, your chat partner’s IP address, and your chat partner’s randomly-generated ID tag.”  While this data is used for law enforcement and to try to track and prevent spammers, you are willingly providing this information when using Omegle.

There are two video chat modes, monitored and unmonitored.  When using video chat your IP address will be shared, as it’s required and it will be made available to the stranger your child is chatting with.

Below is a warning that pops up before entering an unmonitored video chat:

 

omegle warning Is Omegle Safe?  Parents Beware! Do you know who your kids are chatting with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon ending a chat, users have the option to save their chat log and share the link.

Is Omegle safe?

Parents beware; get this Omegle blocked from your computer’s web browsers and off their phones.

More importantly discuss with your children why talking to strangers can be trouble.

Teaching them the right values is our top priority but filtering these bugs from our computers is a must to protect them.

 

 

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