We have a previous alert posted in regards to Omegle, but thought the below article from the Coventry Telegraph would be a good reminder of why parents need to be aware of Omegle and the activity that can occur on that app/site.
“Parents are being warned to watch out for the dangers of internet chat site Omegle, which advertises itself as a place where people can “talk to strangers!”
A Midlands couple urged mums and dads to be vigilant after discovering their daughter chatting to a man on the platform.
The worried parents took to Facebook to alert fellow mums and dads, with the website widely used across the UK.
Their post says: “Parents please be vigilant with your kids’ internet usage.
“Tonight we found out our daughter had been logging into a site called omegle.com – tagline ‘talk to strangers’ – we had no idea she was doing this despite keeping a check on her phone.
“We didn’t know about this site.
“A male chatted to her.
“Claimed to be a photographer.
“Asked about her siblings.
“Asked if her parents were strict.
“Thankfully, she felt uneasy and asked him to unblank his cam.
“It was an older male with a beard.
“This is a site which guarantees anonymity so the individual is not traceable.
“We have real concerns and will be approaching the school and police.
“Needless to say, our daughter is now restricted on internet usage.
“We thought we had a handle on keeping her safe – it would appear not.
“Please check for this website and keep your kids safe.”
At the bottom of Omegle’s homepage there is a statement advising people on how to use the site safely.
It says the site should not be used by children under the age of 13 and those under 18 should only use it with the permission of a parent or guardian.
This comes on the day the world marks Safer Internet Day.
Its aim is to give people a chance to get advice and join in the social media campaign to promote better internet usage.
New research launched to mark Safer Internet Day reveals that images and video play is a central role in young people’s digital lives.
The majority (84%) of 8-17-year-olds have shared a photo online and, in the hour before they took part in the study, one in eight had shared a selfie, almost one out of three had used YouTube and one in four had used Snapchat.
Will Gardner, a director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and Chief Executive Officer of Childnet, said: “It is fair to say that, in 2017, the internet is powered by images and videos.
“This can magnify the risks and pressures that young people face, while also offering fun new opportunities for self-expression and creativity.
“The survey’s findings remind us that, with an ever-changing landscape, it is more important than ever to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos responsibly and positively.””