The latest big website to raise a huge number of E-Safety flags is an online chat site called 'Omegle', which advertises the opportunity to talk to a random selection of 'cool' people (strangers) on the internet, very reminiscent of old style 'chat rooms'.
Although released back in 2009, it has recently had a lot of coverage on Tiktok and other social media platforms. In essence it then pairs two people together for a text or video chat with someone else currently online, from anywhere in the world.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding Omegle is that although it does have age restrictions (18+ and a 13+ with parents options) they are extremely easy to bypass by simply putting in a valid date of birth. It is also completely anonymous and so users have literally no idea with whom they are chatting.
The website obviously raises a number issues, including inappropriate language and content, cyberbullying and child exploitation. For more information, as well as safety tips and advice on how to address this subject with your children, please have a look at the the safety guide.
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