Omegle age restriction: 13 and up (with parental permission)
What is Omegle?
According to Omegle’s website, “Omegle (oh·meg·ull) is a great way to meet new friends, even while practicing social distancing. When you use Omegle, you are paired randomly with another person to talk one-on-one. If you prefer, you can add your interests and you’ll be randomly paired with someone who selected some of the same interests.
To help you stay safe, chats are anonymous unless you tell someone who you are (not recommended!), and you can stop a chat at any time. “
What parents should look out for or be worried about:
The short answer is that Omegle does not have any solid safety guidelines or parental controls to protect our kids. That should mean that it is not safe for our children to use.
Thus, anyone can easily access the unmonitored Omegle, by a single click of your kid on -“I am 18+”. This will open a world of scammers, sexual predators, pornography, etc.
What we at FYI play it safe believe:
We tested Omegle over a period of time, impersonating a girl of 14 years of age. We were absolutely horrified by the results. Time and time again, we matched with a stranger aged between 18 and 22. Mostly male (we only matched with one female) – again, we have no way of knowing whether this person was truthful.
The average conversation went something similar to this:
1st message – male or female?
2nd message – age
3rd message – what you up to?
4th message – want to have some fun
From the 5th message – the stranger either started with very explicit sexting or trying to jump to another platform like Snapchat or KIK to exchange pictures.
In conclusion, our verdict is simple – block this site immediately! It will inevitably expose your children to very explicit sexual content.
Remember, Omegle will immediately trigger an alert on FYI play it safe to empower you to have this very important discussion with your child.