Whether you’re one to assume the best or worst when it comes to kids’ online behaviors, Omegle is an app that demands your attention as a responsible digital parent. ”, it’s definitely one to look out for on your teen’s device. ) Read on to learn more about this potentially dangerous app and how it could spell trouble for young users.Despite its warning to users not to “get pervy,” Omegle is an app that allows users to have private conversations with strangers about anything they like, and this often includes sex, drugs, and violence.Although you can stop a chat any time you want, many users ask for their chat partner’s age, sex, and location before beginning a conversation, which could put younger users at risk.
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.
According to a recent study, teens are moving away from traditional social networks toward more anonymous messaging apps like Snapchat, Whats App, and yes—Omegle, and while some speculate that this trend is a reflection of adolescents’ legitimate privacy concerns, others wonder just what kids are up to that they feel the need to keep so secret.
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. I’m not, and I’m going to guess you probably aren’t either.
Omegle is used for talking to strangers with video chat. 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. Immediately after my daughter mentioned the app, I did a lot of research on it. After more extensive research, I found You Tube 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.
I was highly alarmed that you don’t have to register for the app, nor do you have to identify yourself. 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 You Tube via free software that can be downloaded online.