Is Omegle Safe?

Omegle is a website that lets two random strangers chat with each other through text or video. Common Sense Media notes that the website is not safe for young children, as Omegle is rated for 13-year-olds and older. Omegle also recommends parental permission for users under 18.

Omegle identifies participants in one-on-one chats as "You" and "Stranger." Be Web Smart explains Omegle offers monitored and unmonitored video chats, and a direct link is made between the computers of the two users. The chat log can be shared on social media websites, so an Omegle chat may not be completely private. presents several samples of the kinds of surprises, text chats and video images that may appear when someone starts an Omegle chat. The website was created in 2008.