ESafety – Apps parents should be aware of.

It has be brought to our attention that some pupils are using an app called Omegle.

Omegle is a website that pairs random strangers for live text or video chats. It was launched in 2009 and its slogan is “Talk to strangers!” There is an option for adult (18+) content and a section for people aged 13+ with parental permission. Anyone can use the site.

Users simply go to
and then choose ‘Text’ or ‘Video’ chat and the page states how many users are currently online. Depending on the time of day this can be hundreds of thousands. Omegle markets itself as a great way to meet new friends however has been known to feature pornography and inappropriate content within chats, so it’s important parents are aware of the risks associated with the site.

Ometv is another app that some students may be accessing and we would like to make you aware of.

Ometv is a social networking app that connects people from all parts of the world on randomly generated video chats. Ometv is popular with younger users, despite coming with clear warnings that it is intended for over 18s only. As the guide outlines this presents obvious dangers to any children and young people who use the app, with reports of predators trying to exploit Ometv.