1st June, 2022 2:36 pm
SCHOOL pupils have been found using a ‘highrisk’ online chatroom that encourages people to ‘speak to strangers’ and which openly admits it is used by ‘predators’.
Parents are being urged to stop children from using Omegle amid fears it has been hijacked by paedophiles making video contact with children.
The platform, which requires no registration, puts users in contact with random strangers but messaging can quickly be moved to video communication, with previous reports of adults exposing themselves to children.
Omegle says it monitors video calls after identifying “predators” on the site but the Internet Watch Foundation which removes child pornography from the internet, said it had found indecent material involving children hosted on other websites which appeared to have been recorded from live streams on Omegle around the world.
Earlier this month, prosecutors in Boston, USA, charged Alexander Dilella, 22, with multiple child exploitation offences after he allegedly enticed girls as young as 13 into sending indecent images over Omegle, Snapchat and FaceTime.
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