MINIMUM AGE: 18+
WHAT IS IT?
A site that randomly connects 'you' to another person identified as 'stranger'. It lets you talk to them one-to-one via 'text', 'video' or both. You can both appear as anonymous, unless you decide to share your personal information. It's free and no account sign up is required.
WHAT WE SAY:
There are other platforms similar to Omegle. Children or young people may try to access these alternatives if Omegle is blocked on their brower:
TYPES OF CHAT OPTIONS:
Adult - anyone can access this. The user only needs to confirm by clicking a button then they're redirected to an external site. Users will see explicit content and pornographic acts.
Moderated Chat - according to Omegle they moderate chats. However, they also stated "moderation is not perfect..."
Unmoderated Chat - This option comes with a warning box advising the user that they must be 18+. However, the user just has to click 'ok' and enter to access this chat function.
Anonymous Chat - The text chat has a 'spy' function where users can log on as a hidden 3rd party in a text chat between two people. The 'spy' can then ask the other two users to discuss a certain topic or question and view their replies. The 'spy' can exit at anytime without ending the chat.
SAFETY TIPS TO CONSIDER:
For parents/ carers If you're worried about your child or need support call NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you discover criminal content when online then report it directly to the police or the Internet Watch Foundation.
If you're worried about online grooming or sexual behaviour online then report directly to the police or contact CEOP.
For Children & young people if they're worried or want to talk, encourage them to contact Childline Online or call 0800 1111.
Check out our Resource Centre for further information and useful online safety tips.