Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Omegle‘ below.
Download: What Parents Need to Know About Omegle [PDF]
What is Omegle?
Omegle is a website that pairs random strangers for live text or video chats. It first launched in 2009 and its slogan is “Talk to strangers!” There is an option for adult (18+) content and a section for people aged 13+ with parental permission. Anyone can use the site. Users simply go to Omegle.com and then choose ‘Text’ or ‘Video’ chat and the page states how many users are currently online. Depending on the time of day this can be hundreds of thousands. Omegle markets itself as a great way to meet new friends however has been known to feature pornography and inappropriate content within chats, so it’s important parents are aware of the risks associated with the site.
In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as pornographic content, cyberbullying and the chats being unmoderated.