Bark Blog Logo
A multicolored collage of the Omegle logo, the word "Omegle," and more.

Is Omegle Safe For Kids?

by | May 11, 2018 | Social Media Monitoring

**This post was updated on June 22, 2020**

If your child has asked about downloading an app called Omegle, you probably have some questions. One of the first things you’ll learn about it after a quick visit to its website is that the tagline is “Talk to Strangers!” But is Omegle safe for kids? In this post, we break down everything parents need to know.

Chatting With Random Strangers

Omegle connects users with complete strangers and enables them to video and text chat. The platform could be compared to 90s-era AOL because it’s essentially the Wild West in terms of stranger communications. This might sound like fun to a child, but there are obvious risks in chatting online with someone they don’t know in real life.

Easy Access to Explicit Content

The site does offer the option to enter monitored chats that filter out explicit content. However, there’s nothing stopping a user from entering an unmonitored chat. Users are technically required to be over 13 and have parental permission to use Omegle if they’re under 18. In reality, no safeguards prevent kids from sidestepping this requirement.

A Predator’s Playground

Once connected in a chat, users are only identified as “You” and “Stranger.” However, the stranger can then ask for personal information or share explicit messages. Even Omegle has admitted that “predators have been known to use Omegle.” Certainly, the site is the kind of app where online predators are likely to exist. There is a pretense of anonymity and a lack of enforced age restrictions. Unrestricted, kids using Omegle are likely to be exposed to inappropriate content. They could also easily open themselves to potentially harmful situations.

Nothing is Really Private

Conversations and videos shared with a random stranger may seem like a secret, but on Omegle, they are not necessarily private. At the close of a session, the app gives users the option to save the log. They can even share a link that allows the entire conversation to be publicly distributed.

Final Thoughts

So, is Omegle safe for kids? Given all of the points discussed previously in this post, it’s probably not appropriate for children without extensive supervision. Bark currently doesn’t monitor Omegle, but we’re always working on adding new apps and platforms to our service.

About Bark

Bark is a comprehensive online safety solution that empowers families to monitor content, manage screen time, and filter websites to help protect their kids online. Our mission is to give parents and guardians the tools they need to raise kids in the digital age.

Messenger Kids: Facebook Launches New Messenger App For Kids

As parents across the nation were sipping their third cup of coffee yesterday, a social media bombshell dropped in our laps.  Facebook was now openly targeting children UNDER the age of 13 with the release of their new app: Messenger Kids. So what does that even mean?...

Skype Monitoring

Bark now covers Skype, the popular video and voice chat platform. While we’re unable to monitor content shared during live calls, we can monitor the text and media shared through direct messages on connected Android and Amazon devices. By updating their Bark for Kids...

Instagram’s New Features: Stories and Anti-Bullying Tools

Instagram has been busy creating new features that they are gradually rolling out to users. They recently implemented a new feature called Instagram Stories and will be releasing an anti-bullying tool in the upcoming months. Instagram Stories Instagram Stories allow...

What Is AskFM? What Parents Need to Know

What is Ask.fm? Ask.fm is a free app and website that allows users to post anonymous comments and questions to a person’s profile. You can sign up by creating an account through Ask.fm or sign in using a Facebook or Twitter account. The app makes it easy to share...

Motivational Videos to Share With Your Teen

The teen years are filled with immense growth--physically, intellectually, and emotionally. This is also a time full of confusion, for you and your kids. However, with some encouragement and motivation, you can help your tween or teen better deal with all that life...
Try Bark for Free

Category

Bark App Updates

Bark for Schools

Child & Teen Depression

Company News

Culture & Media

Cyberbullying

Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety Tips

Parenting Hacks

School Safety

Social Media Monitoring

Teen Suicide Prevention