I hadn’t until a teenager mentioned it in a comment on another article.

I’ve also had several requests from concerned parents asking for a review.

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Omegle is not okay for kids – unless you are okay with your kids chatting with complete strangers. Omegle has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.

When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger”.

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.

Another particularly sicko video showed how someone scared teens on an Omegle video chat with his face made up similar to the Joker from the Batman movie (R. If you are under 18, use it only with a parent/guardian’s permission.” I’m guessing that not too many 16 year olds are asking mom or dad for the okay. You can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.

The first thing I was asked was “asl” – meaning what is my age, sex and location. On the second test, I ended up in a brief chat with a young man, a software developer from India.

Well, that is what he said but that’s the thing – who really knows?(Although you can change that setting – highlighted below – to “Me Only” so that your Omegle activity is not shared). The Omegle privacy policy clearly states that the following information is saved on their servers for 120 days: “the time your chat began, your IP address, a randomly-generated ID tag assigned to your computer, your chat partner’s IP address, and your chat partner’s randomly-generated ID tag.” While this data is used for law enforcement and to try to track and prevent spammers, note that you are willingly providing this information when using Omegle. There are two video chat modes, monitored and unmonitored.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.Therefore your conversation is not really private, and the contents of the chat including any personal information you might share can be sent to anyone without your knowledge.Other services you can try for blocking specific websites include parental control filtering such as and or browser add-ons such as Block Site for Firefox and Chrome.