Omegle is a website that allows you to chat with a random stranger.
So right away we have probably answered the question in the title of this post!
We use Microsoft Live Family Safety and her account is filtered to only allow “General internet” websites, and no social media.
I logged in to her account (I have the password, of course) and WAS able to get to the Omegle website. However, Live Family Safety gives me the ability to add any website to a block list.
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.
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.
24, 2009 Adam Ostrow, "People Spend 3x More Time on Facebook Than Google," Sep.
17, 2009 PEW Internet and American Life Project, "The Strength of Internet Ties," pewinternet.org, Jan.
From there however, anything goes – certainly a chat participant may decide to give their name, location, age and other personal information.
I tried it a few times by clicking on the link to start chatting with a stranger.