Why it’s popular: Online chat rooms have been around for ages, as have the iffy and inappropriate conversations that happen in them. Though there are many misconceptions about “online predators,” it’s true that risky online relationships — though rare — more frequently evolve in chat rooms when teens willingly seek out or engage in sexual conversation.
What parents need to know:
- Users get paired up with strangers. That’s the whole premise of the app. And there’s no registration required.
- This is NOT an app for kids and teens. Omegle is filled with people searching for sexual chat. Some prefer to do so live. Others offer links to porn websites.
- Language is a big issue. And since the chats are anonymous, they’re often much more explicit than with someone who can be identified.