What do I need to know about Omegle?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Omegle. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

31% of the children and young people who reviewed Omegle thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Omegle were:

  • People sending inappropriate things
  • People you don’t know can watch your videos


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Omegle were:

  • A fun way of talking to your friends
  • Meeting new people


Is content on Omegle suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Omegle. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

High Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Omegle?

Male, 18

“This app lets random strangers pop up on your web cam and see what you’re doing. This app lets people show sexual things.”

Boy, 14

“You meet new people with similar Hobbies. If there is someone promoting sexual sites you can click the report button. You can choose to have your camera turned off and the app doesn’t show your location.”

Girl, 16

“I don't like how you never know the person you are talking to online. You are also able to go on live webcam so the person you are talking to gets to see you.”

Father

“The contents included naked men and occasionally women masturbating, images of sex, links to live sex sites and racial abuse.” – Father of 17 yr old boy

Mother

"Be very careful - starting a chat was just too easy." - Mother of three

Father

“There is some general safety advice on the homepage, and 18+ options which hopefully mean most adult content stays among adults at least.” – Father of 16 yr old boy

Omegle

"When you use Omegle, we pick someone else at random and let you talk one-on-one. To help you stay safe, chats are anonymous unless you tell someone who you are (not suggested!), and you can stop a chat at any time. Predators have been known to use Omegle, so please be careful."

O2 Guru's Top Tips for Omegle

O2 Guru Camila says:


Omegle has no security measures in place so we recommend avoiding this app.”


Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2).

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What's the right age for Omegle?

13+

Omegle says

With parent's permission. This is from Omegle’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.

17+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

13+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

12+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 270 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Start a conversation with your child
about Omegle

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