There are two video chat modes, monitored and unmonitored.
Another Be Web Smart reader did a test and shared the conversation with me: A quick Google search helped me to answer this question.
A few clicks and I found text excerpts and videos on You Tube of teens sharing their stories of Omegle encounters. In case you’ve read this far and are still not quite convinced that Omegle is a bad idea, here are a few facts about privacy and how the Omegle service works:1.
I logged in to her account (I have the password, of course) and WAS able to get to the Omegle website. However, Live Family Safety gives me the ability to add any website to a block list.
(Although you can change that setting – highlighted below – to “Me Only” so that your Omegle activity is not shared).3.Using video chat requires that your computer’s IP address is made available to the stranger’s computer: “Omegle video chat requires a direct connection to be made between your computer and the other user’s computer…”This is the warning received when initiating an unmonitored video chat:5.At the end of an Omegle chat, users have the option to save the chat’s log and share the link.The shortcut Ctrl-H will open the browser history in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. Keep in mind that savvy kids may know how to delete their browsing history. I was curious to know if the parental control software I use on our family laptop would allow my daughter to visit the Omegle site.We use Microsoft Live Family Safety and her account is filtered to only allow “General internet” websites, and no social media.