Parents are often quick to remind their children to never start a chat with strangers out in public or in the street, but what about the Internet?
Thanks to advances in technology, children now have the opportunity to meet and converse with strangers of all ages, nationalities, and different behaviors and intentions.
If you’re familiar with Omegle chat then you probably know your children can video chat with random strangers too. |SEE ALSO: What Makes (and Breaks) a Compulsive Liar| A popular website known as Omegle offers a platform for users to start a chat with strangers from all over the world on a variety of topics.
Omegle is a free website that allows anyone who visits it to chat with strangers.
A simple click of the mouse takes users to a virtual chat room where they are paired up with another random user waiting to chat.
Topics of conversation can range from current events, music, and sports to other more personal aspects such as sexual topics and personal information.
A user has the opportunity to ‘walk away’ from the chat at any moment with a simple click of the mouse.
Once an individual walks away, they can close the website out completely and stop chatting or be paired up with another stranger.
In addition to text Omegle chats with strangers, Omegle offers two other chat options: video chat and stealth topic based chat.Video chat provides users with the opportunity to engage in video and text chat with strangers picked randomly. Stealth topic based Omegle chats are where a random question is given to two strangers and they are encouraged to talk about the topic.Questions are based on suggestions from fellow users and can be silly and weird, such as ‘why do ladybugs have spots,’ to more personal questions like ‘when did you lose your virginity.’ Omegle recently released an app that provides both video and text Omegle chats to individuals who have access to a smartphone or a tablet.The format is the same, but it provides individuals with access to this service without requiring the use of a laptop or desktop computer. In an effort to comply with COPA or Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which prevents websites from collecting children’s private information without permission from a parent.Omegle has a written statement that users should not be under the age of 13.The statement further requires that users under the age of 18 must have parental permission. Anyone regardless of age can just type in the website address, click chat and start a chat with strangers.