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

by Andrea McDaniel

Is Omegle safeMy 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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More resources about Omegle and internet safety for parents:

FBI Parent guide to internet >

Omegle dangers >

A warning to parents >

Internet safety >

 

  • j

    whay if I gave my age,sex and where do I live without my name can anything be done with thay information? please help me I am totally scared

    • Emily Nguyen

      Probably not. Unless you live in a really tiny town (like only a few hundred people), it wouldn’t be worth the effort to track down every single person of your age and gender.

  • Geoff

    Fact of the matter is, you SHOULD, as a parent, be worried about sites like omegle, chatroullette and others like them. The videos from these sites end up on porn sites, and you can be 99 percent guaranteed that video captures are being made. I had heard a couple of teenaged girls in a restaurant talking about being on omegle, stripping and doing other things on camera. Another site is Stickam. Why any of you parents would allow your kids to talk to strangers on any of these sites is beyond baffling.

    Check the sites out for yourselves if you don’t believe me…and tell me I’m not correct.

  • http://www.parents-space.com raul emerald

    Although its not safe,but the children have to learn the ways of life anyways.We all know that they have watched porn before.there is nothing to fear i guess

  • Tina

    I was with my friend and we video chatted. NO notification or warning told us that they shared our IP address. Nor did we receive an IP address from the stranger.

  • Random Person

    Honestly, I believe that Omegle is safe, and it shouldn’t be 13+ (or 18+, for that matter.). Since as you’ve stated hence they have moderation, and can view chats from 120 days ago. Therefore, assumingly within the time thereof to 30 days, they’ll be able to check the chat log, and IP ban the pedo / nood people. Maybe they won’t get it every time, but trust me, they will. It should be for 9+, and that might seem preposterous at first. I’ve already assumed 90% of you would think that, but I suppose I’ll tell you why:

    First, and foremost they moderate.. ahem.. over-moderate things, so anyone saying anything “bad” will get banned within 30 days, if not, then they’re just extremely lucky.

    Second of all, You’re held liable for your actions, and that would imply that you’re the one responsible for you giving your personal information. Likely, a child under the age of 10 wouldn’t give their information.

    Third of all, There are actually good people out there. Despite all of the bad people, 90% of them are good. Perhaps to you over-protective parents out there, you should get some kind of moderation software. I’m not linking one, but there’s bound to be one out there.

    What I’m saying is, is that you guys are overlooking the bad aspects, and you’re not even considering the good ones. Yes, they might have “inappropriate people”, but seriously eradicating that program from kids / teens is just… terrible. And, I’m eleven years old myself, and I honestly feel that this world has gone too far in safety measures. So, please, if you disagree feel free to tell me in those comments below :) I take no offense whatsoever, and take things into consideration.

    Thanks for reading, you’re the best! :)

    • anonymous

      You sir/madam are a intellectual 11 year old, and you are going places

  • Anonymous

    Omegle is safe but you should be careful when they start asking personal information. If there is something you are not comfortable with you can always leave the conversation. You can also watch your kids while they are on omegle and tell them to leave if there is something a bit sketchy.

  • jace

    21 guy. Growing up not being told of the effects of pornograpby and social isolation and the internet. I have asked girls to see their “tits” or “pusey” on Omegle and feel like absolute CRAP. It wasn’t until after that I found out the real consequences to my conscience and it has eaten away at me since. I didn’t do it just to record I did it to have fun. It’s not and Im really disgusted in myself that I used it for that.

  • Jessica

    Get the website of the internet it is disgusting to here that my 12 year old sister was told to go on there by her 12 year old friend because it was funny, to then see men nude touching themselves asking them to show inappropriate parts of their bodies! The site doesn’t even recommended to put in forms of I.D so that it is not allowed use of anyone under 18, this site has never been permitted in our house and has only ever been on the history when the friend stayed, but then again how does the friend know of the site.. The website ‘omegle’ and similar sites should either be banned or changed to keep children safe from the disgusting men on the internet. Computers are banned in our house now until something is done or with adult supervision.
    It is sickening to know that the site allows this to happen, my family and I are taking this very serious and are taking this further.

  • anonymous :)

    I don’t think it’s safe. People ask for “asl” age, sex, location. They ask for phone numbers and addresses, age, location, gender and usernames for other sites.
    My friend had used it and she told me about it. I did some research, seeing things like this telling it wasn’t safe. I still checked it out, leaving quickly after being asked for more personal info. They ask for your “Kik” account usernames too. “KIk” is a app which allows you to text for free. Instead of numbers, you use usernames. People can be easily blocked on Kik, restricting them from talking to you. On an NBC-2 NBC-2report, they said Kik was a video chatting app, which is incorrect. I think Kik is an okay app, but if your kid has one, periodically check through it. Check block list (how many people blocked, are they teenagers, ex. My friend has a few people on her block list, all teenage males.). It’s too easy for people to act like younger people. I’ve heard other people’s experiences, Pedophiles saying they’re a teenager. My time on Omegle wasn’t good, who says your kid will have a safer time? Truth is, it won’t happen.

  • Randi Eccleston

    Thank you for getting the word out about this. It’s a scary world that we live in.

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