Another Be Web Smart reader did a test and shared the conversation with me: A quick Google search helped me to answer this question.
A few clicks and I found text excerpts and videos on You Tube of teens sharing their stories of Omegle encounters. In case you’ve read this far and are still not quite convinced that Omegle is a bad idea, here are a few facts about privacy and how the Omegle service works:1.
One video was a teen girl’s story of how she met up with an Omegle chat buddy in person without her parents’ knowledge. The Omegle homepage clearly states that the service is not for those under 13: “Do not use Omegle if you are under 13.
I tried it a few times by clicking on the link to start chatting with a stranger.The shortcut Ctrl-H will open the browser history in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. Keep in mind that savvy kids may know how to delete their browsing history. I was curious to know if the parental control software I use on our family laptop would allow my daughter to visit the Omegle site.We use Microsoft Live Family Safety and her account is filtered to only allow “General internet” websites, and no social media.Using video chat requires that your computer’s IP address is made available to the stranger’s computer: “Omegle video chat requires a direct connection to be made between your computer and the other user’s computer…”This is the warning received when initiating an unmonitored video chat:5.At the end of an Omegle chat, users have the option to save the chat’s log and share the link.The first night of their honeymoon, Brad got Troi hooked on sex in every way she could think of.