There are many safety concerns for children on Omegle, including age verification, adult content, exploitation, unmoderated chat, and cyberbullying.
In February 2021, a BBC investigation discovered that children expose themselves on Omegle. After spending 10 hours on the website, they were also matched with nude males and saw porn adverts, for example. The BBC also spoke to a parent whose daughter had almost been coerced into “sexual activity” by an older male.
Omegle was also named by the police as a website that is frequented by child predators. Following the BBC’s investigation, TikTok has now banned links to Omegle from the social media platform. Leif K Brooks, who founded the website, told the BBC that they have increased moderation efforts in recent months. However, many under-18s are still able to access the website.